Science Project Ideas
ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE
Remember that these project ideas and outlines are meant to help you complete your own science project. But it is DISHONEST and UNETHICAL to copy someone else's project work samples and submit them as if they were your own. That's called plagiarism and it's a fast way to get a failing grade. It's okay to do the same project as someone else, or review what others have done so you can make your project better, but DO NOT COPY and pretend it's your project. Someone is sure to spot the plagiarism!!
Build a homemade TELESCOPE and demonstrate how it works.
Build a working SUNDIAL and demonstrate how it works.
Can we measure the angular diameter of the moon without a telescope?
How can we measure the diameter of the sun?
Observe, track and describe the movement of sunspots on the sun's surface and use their movement to measure the rotational speed of the sun.
Do solar flares affect the earth's magnetic field?
Explain what COMETS are, where they come from, where they disappear to, why they look the way they do, and what they would look like up close.
Explain the PHASES OF THE MOON and what causes them.
Can the circumference of the earth be measured with only simple tools?
Show how to calculate the distance from the earth to the moon, and to the sun.
Can parallax be used to measure the distance to stars?
Build a model of the solar system and provide theories ofhow it may have originally formed.
Build a working model of the sun/earth/moon to demonstrate the causes of both solar and lunar eclipses.
Which fabrics would work best at Mars temperatures?
Duplicate a Martian surface environment and determine if simple life forms can survive in such an environment.
Describe the hazards of impacting asteroids and examine possible methods to detect and destroy them.
Research and describe the nature of a black hole.
Research and demonstrate the use of a sidereal pointer to locate celestial objects such as constellations and planets.
Research and explain how radar is used to accurately map the surface of distant planets.
Demonstrate the methods of weighing the earth and other planets.
What is the distribution of luminous mass within galaxies?
Is is possible to identify an evaporating black hole based on observation?
How can we determine the chemical makeup of stars?
Why do stars in the sky seem to twinkle?
Measure the different kinds of radiation coming from the sun.
What do micrometeorites look like and how can we find them?
Demonstrate some of the effects the moon has on the earth.
Can we locate the moon during cloudy weather by watching the seashore?
Demonstrate the apparent motion of the stars using time lapse photography.
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