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Beyond Our Solar System Activities
The lessons below are teacher-favorite lessons focused on distant solar system and galaxies in our universe. For more search options or to search by other science target, missions and other criteria, visit our Fast Lesson Finder. You can also search by curriculum standards on our popular Curriculum Standards Quilts.


Beyond Our Solar System Lessons:

SpaceMath: Planet Kepler-10b: A Matter of Gravity
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together, Space Math
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Beyond Our Solar System

Short Description: Students use the measured properties of the Earth-like planet Kepler 10b such as its size and density, and by solving Newton's formula for gravity, they determine the weight of a 100 kilogram human standing on the planet's surface.


The Earth-like Planet Gliese 518g
Topic: Discovering New Worlds, Space Math
Grade Level: K-4
Body: Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Astrophysics (Beyond Our Solar System), Hubble (Beyond Our Solar System), Webb Space Telescope (Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students use data for the Gliese 581 planetary system to draw a scaled model of the locations and sizes of the discovered planets. They also identify the location and span of the Habitable Zone for this planetary system.


Transit Tracks
Topic: Discovering New Worlds
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Astrophysics (Beyond Our Solar System)

Short Description: In this investigation, from the NASA Kepler mission Education and Public Outreach team, students describe a transit and the conditions when a transit may be seen; describe how a planet's size and distance from its star affects the behavior of transits; and interpret graphs of brightness versus time to deduce information about planet-star systems.

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