A solar physicist and astronomer reveal what they know about the sun and the stars, in a video ideal for use with KS3/4 physics students learning about astronomy and space.
Solar physicist Lucie Green explains her keen interest in the sun, our nearest star. Modern space telescopes now allow scientists to see it in great detail and recent solar missions have revealed sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Lucie explains the effect these can have on Earth.
Tim O'Brien, an astronomer from Jodrell Bank Observatory, discusses the life cycle of stars, like our sun. At the end of their life cycle, massive stars can go supernova, become neutron stars and even black holes.
Practical demonstrations back in the classroom follow up the topics discussed and offer teachers ideas for their own use.
Teaching notes for the Invisible Wavelengths demonstration
Teaching notes for the Life Cycle of Stars demonstration
Teaching notes for the Colour Temperature demonstration
For information about where Sheila works, online educational materials and information about how you can arrange a visit from a working planetary scientist
Find out more about Jodrell Bank and astronomy at the University of Manchester's website
Remotely control the Liverpool Telescope from your school and make your own observations
The UK's professional astronomical society, which has a teachers section with links to resources
Education section of NASA's website
Support for the teaching of astronomy and space
Lots of resources including the Lunar Sample loan scheme
The home of telescopes for astronomy education. From these pages you can access the world's largest robotic telescopes and carry out the observations of your choice
Look up into the night sky with this free planetarium software