Season 2 episode 7 "Alien Planets" student video worksheet. (From the History Channel's website):
"Astronomers who search for extrasolar planets were once thought of as crack-pots but are now at the forefront of astronomical research. The various methods used to locate and research these planets and the unexpected diversity of these bodies are described."
This video activity can be used to review concepts in Astronomy Unit II "The Solar System" or in Unit X "Cosmology and Life in the Universe." This episode explains how the first extra-solar worlds (planets outside of our solar system) were found and describes what is known about them. Comparative planetology is used to extrapolate information on these very distant worlds. The future of extrasolar planet-hunting is also discussed.
Worksheet activity contains questions that students can answer in order while watching the video. Answer key included. (The episode link to youtube is provided in the title if the video is not available on tape or DVD.)
Terms/concepts in the video include:
51 Pegasi b
Extrasolar planet detection
Extrasolar planetary weather
Red dwarf stars
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
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