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Grade Level: K-4
Dawn (Dwarf Planets)
Science Education Standards:
Short Description: Animators build cartoons by flipping through a series of images over time. Make a flipbook using Vesta images to help you picture the asteroid spinning on its axis in orbit through space!
Your Mission: Make a Vesta Flipbook!
Here you go ...
- Print out the images of Vesta (1.) (black and white is fine -- the original images were also black and white)
- Cut the 20 images of Vesta along the lines with care (2.)
- Order the images 1 to 20 and place in a neat stack (3.)
Question: What do you think the other numbers are associated with each image? Think geometry ...
- Staple one end of your flipbook (Does it matter which end?)
Questions to ponder:
- Flip your book and that of your friend (4.)
- What strategies help you observe Vesta best?
- Observing more closely or further away?
- Discuss as a team where you believe Vesta's axis of rotation is. In other words, if Vesta were whirling around an imaginary pole, like a top spins, like the Earth does about the North and South Poles, where would that pole be located?
- Sketch possible axes (axes = the plural of axis -- your group has more than one idea? Sketch more than one axis) of rotation on your first Vesta image.
- If you had a chance to make your flipbook again, what would help?
- Who in your group gets the primo flipbook prize -- more importantly why?
- Brainstorm as a team: how might this compare to the ways that scientists develop techniques to make sense of data?
- Visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/videos.asp to see other animations of Vesta using the same images you worked with.
- Try the one on the top right, called "Animation of Vesta" first -- it will look very familiar!