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Hunting for Asteroids

Name : Hunting for Asteroids

Description :

The 'Hunting for Asteroids' activity is a self-contained Keystage 2, 3 and 4 workshop where students can look for asteroids within images taken by the Liverpool Telescope. Using the same techniques employed by professional astronomers, students will quickly learn how to detect real asteroids in real observations, and learn how to calculate the speed of those asteroids. The workshop combines ICT, Physics and Maths into a fun hour of discovery.

Age Range : 7 - 16 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

Image of the asteroid Ida


For each project you will need to download a set of teacher notes, an introductory PowerPoint presentation, a set of student notes, and the image data to be analysed using LTImage.

Teacher Notes : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Introductory Presentation : MS PowerPoint

Student Notes:

Age 7-11 : MS Word Format or PDF Format
Age 11-16 : MS Word Format or PDF Format
More Able Tasks : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Data Files :

The first set of image files contain simulated asteroids, and are for training purposes.

ah-demo-1.fits ah-demo-2.fits ah-demo-3.fits ah-demo-4.fits
The second set of image files are real data relating to an LT search for the asteroid NEO 2001 GQ2.
ahunt-10-1-1.fits ahunt-10-1-2.fits ahunt-10-1-3.fits ahunt-10-1-4.fits