This easy-to-use science literacy activity is aligned with the NGSS High School Earth and Space Science performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas in ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe.
It includes learning objectives, the NGSS alignment for the activity, one science literacy article, assessment questions and an answer key. The activity is ideal to supplement an astronomy, earth and space science lesson or as a substitute teacher lesson plan.
This activity is also included in NGSS Earth & Space Science Astronomy Lesson Plan #35 Orbits & Extrasolar Planets .
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to:
• Explain why the motion of the Sun in response to the planets’ force of gravity is very small.
• Explain why the Sun’s orbital motion is mostly around the common center of mass of the Sun and Jupiter.
• Explain why direct observations of extrasolar planets are extremely difficult to make.
• Describe the radial velocity method.
• Explain how the radial velocity method depends on the mass of a planet.
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