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Tell-tale signs of a shooting star – Comets, meteors and craters in the Solar System | Teach with space PR04

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To many ancient civilisations, the tale of a shooting star was an omen of things to come. In this series of activities, pupils will learn that a shooting star or meteor is actually a piece of rock that lights up as it travels through the Earth’s atmosphere. They will also learn why this happens and investigate how craters are formed when a meteor strikes a planetary surface. Extension activities focus on why small meteors can cause large impact craters and why we find so few craters on Earth.

Download Teacher's guide and pupil activities and the accompanying Extension activities (PR04b)

Format: Teacher’s guide and pupil activities, extension activities
Age range: 10 – 12 years old
Subjects: Science, literacy

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