Educational resources

Astronomy-themed Top Trumps

The Starry Messenger

Starry MessengerThe Starry Messenger is an educational film drama produced at the University of Hertfordshire celebrating the International Year of Astronomy - 2009. It was written, produced, co-directed, scored by and starred astrophysics researchers from the University, and several scenes were filmed at Bayfordbury.

The film, along with supplementary educational material can be found on the Starry Messenger website.

Celebration of Women in STEMM

A video made for International Women's Day 2018 by staff and students in PAM highlighting some of the women, including many astronomers, often overlooked for the work and innovation they brought to their respective fields.


The Timesnail displays events in the natural history of the Earth from a few days ago to the formation of the Earth, displays the frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, and tells the time by the stars.

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The Brunometer is a hand-held mechanical device, developed by Dr James Collett at the University of Hertfordshire, that allows you to calculate the surface temperature on planets.

Visit the Brunometer page to find our how to make your own.

The Moon and Hatfield iconThe Moon and Hatfield

Lunar photography over 2 centuries.

Download The Moon and Hatfield.

Eclipse Masterclass iconEclipse Masterclass

Learn about the science behind eclipses.

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Quadrant Device Masterclass

Making and using the Quadrant Device

Print your own Quadrant Device

An Introduction to Trigonometry

Silent Witness iconSilent Witness

Using physics and mathematics to decode images.

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Silent Witness answers iconSilent Witness (answers)

Answers checklist for the Silent Witness document.

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