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How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun?

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This is an activity exploring the concept that distance affects how we perceive an object's size, specifically pertaining to the size of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth.

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This is an activity exploring the concept that distance affects how we perceive an object's size, specifically pertaining to the size of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth. Learners will complete a hands on activity where two balls of differing sizes stand in for the Sun and the Moon. By moving the balls away from each other, students will determine how far the larger ball needs to be in order to make the two seem similar in size. They will also use the balls to demonstrate a solar eclipse. Lastly, learners will complete a worksheet explaining their findings. This is Activity 12 of a larger resource entitled Eye on the Sky.

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Related Links 2017 Solar Eclipse Guide
Originating Source University of California, Berkeley
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When the Sun Goes Dark, by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz

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How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun?

How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun?

This is an activity exploring the concept that distance affects how we perceive an object's size, specifically pertaining to the size of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth.