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Year 7 Our Place in Space: Home

The world of Astronomy

Big Bang

What caused the Big Bang?

Watch the video below and read the information on the Astronomy for Kids Online page dedicated to the Big Bang.

Check out this short animation too.

Aboriginal Astronomy

Earth Rotation

Here is a list of resources that will be helpful for you to learn about the rotation of the Earth and other objects.

Go to Clickview and search for  the Learning Object called: Earth Rotation: Night and Day.

Watch this animation on StudyJams.

There is a great movie on Encyclopedia Britannica - search for earth rotation.



Go to Clickview in the eResources page and search for the Learning Object called Seasons. Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine seasons in the different hemispheres.

Watch this 4 minute video called: Seasons Aren't Dictated by Closeness to Sun.

Water Cycle


Learn about the Water Cycle here.

Check out your knowledge with the Water Cycle Quiz.

Investigate the management and purification of water through the Water Island game.

Watch the video!

Learn about the Water Cycle with this cool rap song!

Learn more with this animation.

Models of the Solar System

Dr Simon Foster presents an introduction to the solar system, specifically the Earth, Sun and Moon and describes how humankind's understanding of the universe changed over time. Starting with the Ancient Greeks' understanding of the solar sytem, it investigates how the observational evidence changed our models of the universe right up to our present day understanding.

Scale of the Earth and Sun

Earth has a Perfect Orbit

See what might happen if the Earth were moved from its current orbit.


Watch as the speaker tries to make sense of the scale of the Earth and the Sun and how far away from each other they are.

Landing on the Moon

Watch Apollo 11 land on the moon!
July 20, 1969 4:18 p.m. EDT
Sea of Tranquillity

Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

Astronomers in the Past

Go to the Encyclopedia Britannica database on the eResources page link

in the Assignment Help tab at the Library Website.

There are some great reources for  Ptolemy, Copernicus and Galileo including animations. 

Watch this video about Copernicus from How Stuff Works.

Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution


The top video explains what an eclipse actually is.

The second clip explains why solar eclipses are only visible in some places.

The third clip is the solar eclipse which occurred on May 20, 2012 recorded in Mesa, Arizona during sunset.


Full Moon rising over the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Image from: Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.

The Science Online Database has a variety of videos with explantations of the causes of tides and the different types of tides. Access it from the Research Databases link on the MyGrammar page.