Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Heliophysics Missions (Sun),
Spitzer Space Telescope (Our Solar System)
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Short Description: Once you have discovered a planet, you need to figure out whether liquid water might be present. In our solar system, Mercury and Venus are so close to the sun that water cannot remain in liquid form. It vaporizes! For planets beyond Mars, the sun is so far away that water will turn to ice. Only in what astronomers call the Habitable Zone will a planet have a chance for being at the right temperature for liquid water to exist in large quantities on its surface!
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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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- 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking
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- 3-Scale, proportion and quantity
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