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The Transit of Mercury
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Sun, Mercury, Earth
Mission: Earth Science Missions (Earth), Heliophysics Missions (Sun), Mariner 10 (Mercury), MESSENGER (Mercury)

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Short Description: As seen from Earth, the planet Mercury occasionally passes across the face of the sun; an event that astronomers call a transit. From images taken by the Hinode satellite, students will create a model of the solar disk to the same scale as the image, and calculate the distance to the sun.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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Practices:

  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity

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Credit: SpaceMath@NASA


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Last Updated: 20 Aug 2014