Zoom: Travel to a Star and Back to Earth

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This is an online activity about what would happen if we could travel at or near the speed of light. Learners will pick a fictional destination light years away, travel there and back to Earth, and see the difference in the relative times that have passed for them and the people that stayed back on earth.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet connection


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
  • Physical Sciences


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • COSI classroom and online acitvities


  • All rights reserved, COSI, 2009