Sending a Sundial to Mars

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You know him from his famous science education videos, but now hear him get personal as he tells the story of how his father, while being a prisoner of war, became fascinated with sundials. Today, he has inherited the fascination, and in fact, has helped to get a sundial set up on Mars! Bill Nye, as a guest on TED Talk, teaches here what an annalemma is, and inspires viewers to learn more about our relationship to the sun. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Bill Nye is an engaging speaker
  • Personal touch added to a science lesson
  • Could be helpful in working towards NGSS HS-ESS1-4
  • Lesson is allowed to be flipped, or customized

  • Annalemma is not commonly taught
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