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Short Description: Students act as dust grains that come together to model early planet formation by the process of accretion in our solar system.
Formation of the Solar System
Our Solar System,
Meteors & Meteorites
Dawn (Dwarf Planets)
Science Education Standards: Standards Addressed
Earth in the Solar System
- The Earth is the third planet from the Sun in a system that includes the moon, the Sun, 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.
- Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the Sun and governs the rest of the motion in the solar system.
The Origin and Evolution of the Earth System
- The Sun, the Earth, and the rest of the solar system formed from the solar nebula - a vast cloud of dust and gas - 4.6 billion years ago.
Evidence, Models, and Explanation
- Models are tentative schemes or structures that correspond to real objects, events, or classes of events, and that have explanatory power
Source: NASA Discovery and New Frontiers Program