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Discover the Universe is offered by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Astronomical Society in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec.

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Resources

Discover the Universe has created a series of educational resource guides for you to download and use in class. Each can be tailored to meet your curriculum, grade level, or class objectives. 

You will also find links to our partner pages with additional activities, tools, and resources. 

Use the menu to the right to navigate quickly.

When was the last time you looked up at the sky?


For many of us, this simple act is often forgotten, yet many interesting celestial objects and phenomena are easily witnessed. Therefore, we propose exploring the sky with students through simple and fun activities.

This resource proposes eight (8) activities to help students discover the sky during the day and at night. The activities can be adapted to many grade levels.

Inquiry-based activity guide for secondary school teachers to help students investigate the solar cycle through real satellite images of the Sun. After completing this activity, students will be able to:

• Explain why it’s useful to observe astronomical objects at multiple wavelengths, including those not visible to the eye.

• Distinguish between true and false colour images.

• Distinguish between pictures of the Sun taken in visible and ultraviolet light.

• Relate the seemingly chaotic behaviour on the Sun’s surface to the long-term pattern of solar activity.

• Use a web-based tool to access real astronomical observations.

• Correlate solar activity with terrestrial phenomena, such as auroras. 

The Solar System

Visit our partner websites featuring programs and interactive activities to help you create models of the solar system with your students!

Online Sources

Sphero Solar System

Model the orbits of the planets using Sphero and coding. Activity created by Actua and X-Chem Outreach.

Scale Model of the Solar System

Calculate planet size and their orbits based on a given size for the Sun. Overlay your model on a map for visual impact.