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Introduction

Cosmology is the study of the origins, evolution and possible end of the Universe. Humans have always wanted to understand how the Universe began, how big and how old the universe is, and how all the parts of the cosmos came to be as they are.

The universe is filled with a wide variety of cosmological phenomena; like galaxies, stars, nebulae, black holes, neutron stars, quasars, comets, asteroids, planets and moons. Mankind has had to design complex technologies and send out pioneering craft on missions of exploration, even embark on dangerous manned missions, in order to gather information to help us understand the wonders of the Universe.

Your task is to choose any one topic that has to do with Cosmology, research that topic and present a 5 – 10 minute visual presentation to the class.

Topics you may find interesting could be: (choose one)

  • The Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe
  • Galaxies.
  • What are stars?
  • The life cycle of stars.
  • Comets
  • Meteors, asteroids and meteorites.
  • What are Black holes?
  • What are neutron stars?
  • How is dark energy different to dark matter?

You may want to research one of the amazing technologies that mankind has developed to gather data about the Universe; like

  • The International Space Station
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • What is the Square Kilometer Array?

    Cosmology is the study of the origins, evolution and possible end of the Universe. Humans have always wanted to understand how the Universe began, how big and how old the universe is, and how all the parts of the cosmos came to be as they are.

    The universe is filled with a wide variety of cosmological phenomena; like galaxies, stars, nebulae, black holes, neutron stars, quasars, comets, asteroids, planets and moons. Mankind has had to design complex technologies and send out pioneering craft on missions of exploration, even embark on dangerous manned missions, in order to gather information to help us understand the wonders of the Universe.

    Your task is to choose any one topic that has to do with Cosmology, research that topic and present a 5 – 10 minute visual presentation to the class.

    Topics you may find interesting could be: (choose one)

  • The Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe
  • Galaxies.
  • What are stars?
  • The life cycle of stars.
  • Comets
  • Meteors, asteroids and meteorites.
  • What are Black holes?
  • What are neutron stars?
  • How is dark energy different to dark matter?

You may want to research one of the amazing technologies that mankind has developed to gather data about the Universe; like

  • The International Space Station
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • What is the Square Kilometer Array?
  • The world’s largest telescope – Grand Telescope on Grand Canary Islands. What’s next?

 

You may be fascinated by the many space missions that NASA or ESA has sent out to explore the Solar System and beyond. Pick one:

  • Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE)
  •  1969 Moon landing
  • Voyager 1 and Voyager 2
  • Mars Exploration Rover mission
  • The Rosetta mission to Comet 67P
  • International Space Station
  • Cassini-Huygens probe
  • Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 missions
  • Europa mission to explore Jupiter’s moos
  • ESA Gaia mission
  • SOHO – Solar and Heliospheric observatory
  • Juno  
  • New Horizons mission
  • Venus Express

When researching mankind’s missions, you may want to ask questions like:

  1. What is the name of your mission to deep space?
  2. Which space agencies were involved in launching the mission?
  3. When was the mission launched? Is it still ongoing?
  4. Was the mission manned or unmanned?
  5. Where was the mission sent? (destination)
  6. Detailed description of the mission:-

                 What was the purpose of the mission?

                 What form did the mission take?

                From where was it launched?

How long did the craft take to reach its destination?

  1. What was the outcome of the mission?
  2. How did this mission contribute to our knowledge of the Solar System?
  3. Any other interesting information about this mission.
  • Follow the naming conventions e.g. Research Guide: Eng10 Short Title (CS) or Topic Guide: HISTORY OLYMPIC GAMES (DP)
  • Add a 'Friendly URL' to your guide.
  • Assign at least one school Subject to the guide and Tag keywords that may be used to search for the guide.  The guide must have a Learning Area/subject designation to appear on the index, when published.
  • To add an image to the top box: conduct an image search for a suitable topic, with a size of 1400 px (pixels).  Then take a screen image of a section using a camera app (SnapNDrag) or crop the image using 'Preview' on a MAC. 

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