This weekend Europe will be treated to a spectacular lunar eclipse on 21 January. This event is one of many exciting events related to lunar science and exploration this year. To support the educational community in running activities relating to the Moon, ESA is launching a new education webpage: Teach with the Moon.
Moon on the mind
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first crewed landing on the Moon. ESA, alongside other space agencies, has long thought of the Moon as the stepping stone for the human exploration of space. In collaboration with international partners, ESA is preparing to return to the Moon with several missions in development for the coming years.
With all eyes on the Moon, the Teach with the Moon educational page hosts a variety of curricular STEM resources using the Moon as the learning context. These resources can be used in and outside the classroom to engage primary and secondary students in STEM subjects by building on their natural curiosity for space and the exploration of the Moon in particular.
On the Teach with the Moon website teachers and educators will find hands-on activities, lessons, images, videos, infographics and animations, as well as guidelines on how to participate in the ESA-Airbus Foundation’s Moon Camp design challenge for school students, run in collaboration with Autodesk.
Educators will also find useful background information about current and future ESA Moon missions that will keep probing the Moon’s mysteries and prepare humans to live and work on its surface.
The lunar eclipse
People in most of Europe and North and South America will be able to witness the upcoming lunar eclipse, beginning at 05:41 CET on Monday 21 January and lasting until 06:43 CET.
Children can explore the lunar eclipses and the phases of the Moon with this dedicated animation from Paxi the ESA Education mascot.