Gaia in the UK

Taking the Galactic Census


These are the first in a series of inquiry-based classroom activities.

The activities relate the science and technology of the Gaia mission to curriculum topics, engaging learners with key science topics through the real-life example of the leading astronomical space mission, Gaia.

Spotting a Supernova

Supernovae mark the end of a star's life. Here you will find some materials that will help you learn about them and show you how to measure one for yourself and see how it fades over time. Work your way through each of the tasks in order to create a light curve for the Gaia supernova target Gaia16agf.

Individual worksheets

The following activities are suitable for use as student worksheets.

Guided versions for teachers are also available for download.