Near Earth Objects

Hunting For Asteroids

Aimed at pupils aged 11-14 this workshop encourages pupils to ‘blink’ between several images, taken by the Liverpool Telescope, in a bid to find asteroids. The activity can then be extended to them using the LT Image software functionality to calculate the speed of the asteroids, or simply a discussion on what asteroids are and how we track them.

You can download the individual files needed for this activity below, or this zip file (53mb) contains them all. 

Meteor Showers

Perseid Meteor Shower
Credit: David Kingham

Meteors, sometimes called shooting stars, are not stars at all, but small rocks burning up as they fall through Earth's atmosphere. Their super fast speed through the air causes them to burn up as they fall.