Earth rotation: merry-go-round

Learning Material  |  Interactive Lesson

Explore how the rotation of the Earth affects the objects seen in the sky. Compare views from a spinning merry-go-round with views from above. Notice how objects appear to 'move' when seen from a spinning object. Compare views from the Earth with views from space. Locate celestial objects using photos taken from a different perspective. For example, locate the Andromeda galaxy by judging its position relative to a satellite. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Students relate the view taken from a rotating object to a different view of the same scene.
Students recognise that apparent movement of objects may depend on the viewing frame of reference.
Students relate the changing position of the Sun, Moon and stars in the sky to the rotation of the Earth.

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K to 12
Grade 6
Earth and Space
Learners, Students

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