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Wet weather ahead! News

by David, 9 October 2020 | 0 comments

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The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a wet spring and summer for Australia. How can they be confident in these long-term predictions? It’s because they’re not just watching weather as it happens, they’re also looking at what causes the weather.

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Our quiet Sun is starting to wake up News

by David, 24 September 2020 | 1 comments

Solar flares on the surface of the sun. Active and less active.

The Sun is a colossal raging ball of heat. Atoms are fused together in its crushing depths, releasing awesome amounts of energy and spewing gigantic flares from its surface. But for the past few years, the Sun has been calmer than usual.

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My kind of question – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 23 September 2020 | 2 comments

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Although this theme is a bit funny, the questions are no joke. Can you get serious and ace this quiz?

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Walking on the Sun – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 9 September 2020 | 0 comments

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In the southern parts of the world, spring has sprung, and there’s a lot more sunshine about. See how you go with this solar themed quiz!

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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies Activity

by David, 3 September 2020 | 0 comments

Girl takign a photo of the clouds at the beach

By Bill Flynn Whether you are at school, at home or self-isolating you can be a part of the United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on Monday 7 September. How? By contributing to NASA’s citizen science global database! Download the GLOBE Observer app and photograph the cloud cover from your window,…

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Almost gone – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 15 July 2020 | 3 comments

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Get in fast to do this quiz! For better or worse, we’re looking at some things that are almost gone.

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Off the mark – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 1 July 2020 | 1 comments

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Scientists aim for accuracy, but it’s not always possible to be exactly right. This quiz is all about getting close, and not always close enough! So how close to full marks can you get?

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Remote ocean research during COVID-19 News

by David, 18 June 2020 | 0 comments

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By Hannah Evans The depths of oceans are mysterious. Since Earth’s surface is covered by over 70% ocean, there is a lot to explore. But during a pandemic, it’s a bad idea to fill a research ship with scientists from around the world. Many research ships have stopped sailing, but not all of them!

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Giants! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 17 June 2020 | 0 comments

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There are some giant things lurking in these questions. Some of them are easy to spot, and others are hidden. Can you uncover all the answers?

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The secret to Venus’ fast clouds News

by David, 30 April 2020 | 0 comments

Image of the planet Venus.

If you think the days feel long, be glad you don’t live on Venus. Our inner neighbour rotates only once every 243 Earth days, but you wouldn’t be able to tell this by looking at it. Venus is cloaked in thick clouds that are whipped around the planet by wind. These clouds complete a lap…

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