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Lunar Mountains Activity

Name : Lunar Mountains

Description :

The Lunar Mountains activity is a Keystage 3/4 workshop to estimate the height of mountains and crater walls on the Moon. After assembling a mosaic of a quarter-phase Moon, students are asked to measure the length of shadows being cast by a number of vertical features on the lunar surface, and will then use some algebra to estimate their respective heights.

Age Range : 11 - 16 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

Image of a lunar crater and mountain


For the activity, you will need to download the activity presentation and a set of JPEG images of the Moon.

Activity Presentation: MS PowerPoint

Data Files :

Moonsaic 2A mosaic of a Quarter Phase Moon 20 JPEGsFeb 2007 Data for Download