Morning Star and Evening Star

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This demonstration activity models how Venus appears from Earth. This activity will help learners see why Venus appears to us sometimes as the "morning star" and sometimes as the "evening star." [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A white light with no shade or reflector. This will represent the Sun.
  • A small white ball to represent Venus. Mount the ball on a stick or pencil.
  • A way to make the Venus stick stand up. It could be stuck into a lump of clay, or taped to the edge of the table.


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Earth Structure
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Days
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Planets

Informal Categories

  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access