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Modeling Solar System Objects
Grade Level: 5-8
Voyager 1 (Our Solar System),
Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)
Science Education Standards: Earth and Space Science -- Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System
- The Earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the Moon, the sun, seven other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.
- Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the Moon, and eclipses.
Short Description: Students will construct a scale model of Saturn; use it to explain a Voyager image of Saturn's shadow on its rings; and, by trial and error, discover that light moves through space in straight lines.
Source: Astronomical Society of the Pacific