Space Links

Earth, Sun & Moon

This is an interactive site which gives useful explanations

Another useful website with key facts relating to the Earth, Sun and Moon

An interactive site with facts about Earth, Sun, Moon

Compare sizes within the Solar system


Animated Ptolemaic geocentric model of solar system

Information about Alhazen – scroll down to Astrophysics section

Alhazen information

BBC short biography of Copernicus

Longer biographies of Copernicus

Simple facts about both Copernicus and Galileo

BBC short biography of Galileo

Copernicus and Galileo appearing on a ‘Game show’ each trying to prove he was the best scientist!

Day and night

Simple animations of relative movement of the Earth, Moon and Sun

Simple animations showing rotation of the Earth to produce day & night

Investigation showing how shadows change as the Earth spins on its axis

Rotation of the Sun around its own axis – movement of sun spots

This page has many useful links to sundial pages on the internet

How sundials work – some interesting information for adults, but rather longwinded for children

Discover more about the history of sundials

Find data about sunrise & sunset in different countries of the world


An animated demonstration that the Earth orbits the Sun once each year, etc.

This animation allows you to move the person standing on earth to see how the sunlight falling on them changes during the different seasons

A simple demonstration of a lunar eclipse (when the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon)

See video clips of recent eclipses on this site


The Moon

Biographies of Neil Armstrong

Simple animations showing phases of the Moon

A more complex animation

Why do eclipses occur? It’s all explained here!

Here you’ll find three wonderful images of a total eclipse

Take a look at BBC News on the day of the first Moon landing

This site features an animation which shows clearly what happens during a solar eclipse

What shape is the Moon? – explains eclipses!


This site contains detailed information suitable for the more able reader

A useful site with links to images of constellations

Good article about constellations

Information about individual constellations

More information about constellations

Lots of video clips & information about stars

Once children know the names of many of the constellations you can have a go at naming as many of the northern hemisphere constellations as possible

Description of the Milky Way

Information about galaxies

Zoom out from planet Earth into our galaxy and beyond!

Rotation of the Sun around its own axis – movement of sun spots


Interactive site about the planets (still includes Pluto as a planet)

Lots of information about the solar system

Despite the site’s name, it does point out that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet!

Information, photographs & videos about the Sun and the planets in our solar system

Planets found orbiting other stars

The Solar System

Site about Stonehenge aimed at children

Clear plan of Stonehenge available as a PDF to download

An orrery!

Online simulations of solar system movement

Current positions of the planets

Suggested method of creating simple orrery

Calculate relative sizes of planets & distances from the Sun