Season 1 episode 8 - from the History Channel's website:
"Hailed as the “showstopper” of our solar system, the planet Saturn is subject of Saturn: Lord of the Rings, part 8 in the 13-episode History Channel series The Universe. In this 45-minute installment, we get the facts about the sixth planet from the Sun, its numerous Moons, and the attribute its best known for — its mysterious rings.
The episode starts off with a bombardment of statistics on the 4.5 billion-year-old planet: it’s the 2nd largest planet in our solar system, 750 times the size of Earth, and takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun; it has 48 known Moons, which have smaller “shepherd moons”; and it has 7 known ring regions."
This video activity can be used to review concepts in Astronomy Unit V "The Gas Giants" or in the Earth/Space Unit XIII "The Solar System." 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:
Saturn's rings (A, B, C, D & F)
Saturn's physical characteristics
south polar hurricane
north polar vortex
Astronomy Video "Universe: Saturn - Lord of the Rings"
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