The Year 6 children had fun creating craters in Science this week as part of their work on Earth and Space.
The dark circles which you can see on the Moon (with your naked eye, or better with binoculars) are craters. A crater is a hollow on the surface of the Moon. These craters were formed millions of years ago when meteorites hit the Moon’s surface. The impact of the meteorites caused the hollows to form and some of the surface to be thrown up and out around the crater. This is called ejecta (because it was ejected from the surface).
Meteorites are bits of rock in space, which people think may have been left over from the start of the solar system (the planets and moons).
The children were working for NASA investigating :
How do different heights change the size of the crater?
How do different balls change the size of the crater?
It was all rather messy as they used flour and cocoa to represent the surface of the moon!