Exploring the Universe: Exoplanet Transits

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Link to Resource: http://nisenet.org/catalog/exploring-universe-exoplanet-transits-2018
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM)
Publication Date:2018
Summary:"In """"Exploring the Universe: Exoplanet Transits,"""" participants simulate one of the methods scientists use to discover planets orbiting distant stars. Even when a planet is too far away to observe directly, scientists can infer its presence by watching for slight, regular dips in a star's brightness—when the planet orbits between its star and Earth, some of the star's light gets blocked from view. In this activity, participants perform a similar experiment, seeing what they can learn about a hidden object by studying its shadow."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; elementary school; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; solar system; space
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