Student Internet investigation that explores the Solar System; spacecraft exploration of the Solar System, and the formation of planetary systems. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one gives students an overview of comparative planetology; the terrestrial and Jovian planets; asteroid belt and Oort Cloud, and the recent flyby mission of Pluto. Part two investigates the main robotic missions to the planets. Part three explores the latest theories on planetary formation including "exoplanets" and how that relates to the formation of our Solar System.
The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics. I use this computer lab activity as a review for my astronomy class as part of the Unit II "Solar System" review but it can also be used at an 8th grade level Earth/Space web quest. (Some students may finish the activity within one and a half class periods but generally it will take about 75- 90 minutes or so to complete.)
Topics/terms in this activity include:
Sun, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, minor planets, comets, Comet Wild, comparative planetology, planetary formation, exoplanets, terrestrial planets, jovian planets, planetary properties, asteroid belt, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, KBO's, spacecraft exploration, Mariner, Viking, Voyager, Galileo, Cassini, Venera, MESSENGER, Mars Express, New Horizons, Mars Global Surveyor, Juno, Mars rovers, Mars colony, gravity assist, Pioneer, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, Magellan, Pathfinder, Sojourner, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Ceres, Pluto, Solar system, Nebular theory, Condensation theory, Catastrophic theory, Solar nebula, protoplanet, planetesimal, accretion, fragmentation, Beta Pictoris, hot Jupiters
Astronomy Internet Activity "The Solar System"
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