Student Internet investigation that explores the planets Uranus and Neptune. The activity is divided into two parts. Part I gives students a good overview of Uranus' physical characteristics including rings and moons. Part two does the same for Neptune. The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for this topic. I use this computer lab activity for my astronomy class as part of the Unit V "The Outer Planets" review but it can also be used at an 8th grade level Earth/Space activity. (Some students will finish the activity within one class period but generally it will take about an hour to complete.)
Topics/terms in this activity include:
Uranus - ice giant, ring system, axial tilt, "sideways" planet, cloud banding, methane, radius, orbital period, mass, storms, Voyager II, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon, seventh planet
Neptune - "blue planet," Great Dark Spot, large storms, methane clouds, braided rings, smallest ice giant, fastest winds, Triton, cryovolcanoes, eighth planet, last major planet
Astronomy Internet Activity "Uranus & Neptune"
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