Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"

Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets"
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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:
Extrasolar planets
Extraterrestrial life
51 Pegasi b
Habitability zone
Extrasolar planet detection
Telescopes
Doppler Effect
Stars
Solar System
Eccentric orbits
"Hot" Jupiters
Eccentric planets
Extrasolar planetary weather
Pulsars
Red dwarf stars
Earth-like planets

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Astronomy Video "Universe: Alien Planets" by astronomydad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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45 minutes
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