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Why Do Eclipses Happen?


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Why Do Eclipses Happen?

This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun to demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. The pdf contains step-by-step instructions, photos, presentation tips, links to background information, and a schedule of lunar eclipses.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
    • Earth Structure
      • Earth, Moon and Sun
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Eclipses
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • Free access

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  • All Rights Reserved, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ©2008

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