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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Toilet Paper Solar System is a high-interest, kinesthetic group activity in which students create a scalar model of distances in the solar system using a single roll of toilet paper. This activity can be conducted in either a long hallway or, as a special treat, outdoors. Data for two versions of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This program is designed to motivate students to gain an interest in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) related subjects. Stunning images of Earth, taken by astronauts in space, are the hook to help students not only want to learn about Earth processes but to provide them with the...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students discuss how scientists learn about weather on other planets, brainstorm characteristics of extreme weather on other planets, and use a video to identify new information about weather in our solar system. Then students compare and contrast weather conditions for planets in our solar system.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The Solar System consists of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, dust, gases and primarily empty space. These lessons allow students to engage in the scientific community of astronomers; students will be looking for asteroids using real scientific data collection by the Catalina Sky...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Children ages 8 to 13 select from a variety of fruits to construct a scale of the Moon, Earth, and Sun. After determining the correct sizes and distances for their models, they remove the Moon. They consider what it would be like if the nearby Moon were no longer reflecting the Sun's light in the...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Children ages 10 to 13 perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children (12 to 13) predict future moon phases. Note that this activity is appropriate for older children (ages 10 to 13) who are able to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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"We need your help looking through tens of thousands of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope and WISE satellite observatory. By telling us what you see in these infrared data, you will help scientists better understand how stars form and discover some of the most massive stars in our Milky Way...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects"""" is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System"""" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features...
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse"""" is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about solar eclipses."
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Universe: Ice orbs"""" is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate a frozen sphere, trying to learn about objects hidden inside. Participants learn that planetary scientists at NASA are investigating """"icy worlds"""" in the outer solar system, looking for evidence of...
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Published in 2018
"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...
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Students will learn about the planets as they create a sample travel journal that explains what it would be like to visit one of the planets.
Grade Level   4 5
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Planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy are known as exoplanets. One way we can detect whether there is a planet orbiting around another star is to look for a dip in a star's brightness as a planet crosses (transits) in front of it. Identifying these exoplanets provides us with a fantastic...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students compare ways of investigating weather on Earth and on other planets in our solar system. They use a video to discuss which different types of weather information might helps us understand what the environments are like on each planet. Then students compare and contrast weather conditions...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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If you are looking for astronomy basics and the science of the stars, stay on this site. Use it to browse topics such as: the universe, galaxies, stars, systems, solar system, and exploration.
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NASA brings you a complete set of 7 lessons about radio waves in space.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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For accurate, kid-friendly information on planets, see NASA Space Place's page, How Do We Weigh Planets? Written for elementary and middle level audiences, the explanation covers topics such as How do scientists use gravitational pull as a scale?, Why do scientists usually discuss mass rather than...
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