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Backyard Science - Experiments/Projects - For Adults and Kids

Backyard Science projects and experiments you can perform at home, using few, if any, materials. By performing the Backyard Science projects, you'll learn and have fun at the same time. For adults and kids.

15 Minute Introduction to the Night Sky - 15 Minutes to Start Star-Gazing
People have been looking up at the night sky for as long as there have been people. Ancient people had many theories about what those strange lights in the sky were. Today, we know they are stars, like our own Sun, but to the early humans they were magical. Have you ever looked at the clouds and seen pictures? Well, as those ancient humans looked at the stars, they began to see patterns too. Some of these pictures they saw, reminded them of stories they had heard.

Constellation in a Canister - About Astronomy & Space Activity to Learn ...
People have looked at the stars for many, many years. They could imagine pictures in stars. Those pictures are called constellations. After you do this activity, see if you can find the constellations in the night sky.

Collecting Meteorites - Collect Rocks of Extra-terrestrial Origin
Collecting Meteorites - Collect Rocks of Extra-terrestrial Origin. Equipment Needed: Large piece of white paper or plastic, Magnet, Magnifying glass or a microscope. Every day, literally tons of fine particles drop to Earth. A lot of this material originated at the same time our solar system formed, about 4 1/2 billion years ago. A meteorite is simply a rock of extra-terrestrial origin found on Earth. So, a micrometeorite is a very very small rock of extra-terrestrial origin found on Earth.

How Do Rocket's Fly?
Watch Newton's third law of Motion in Action. Equipment Needed: Drinking Straw, String, Long Balloon, Transparent Tape, and a Clothespin. As you watch your balloon rocket fly along the string, you are observing Newton's Third Law of Motion; For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Making Craters
Making Craters - A Backyard Science Experiment. Learn More About How Craters Are Made. Equipment Needed: Mixing Bowl, Baking Pan, Flour, Water, and Several round objects of different sizes. Which objects make the biggest craters? Did the height you dropped from make any difference?

Parallax View
Learn How Scientists Measure the Distance to Stars. Equipment Needed - Ruler, pencil, or even a finger. Astronomers use this to determine the distances to stars. They note a star's apparent position when the Earth is on one side of the sun, then measure the distance to its apparent position six months later, when the earth is on the other side of the sun.

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