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Build Your Own Solar System
How much space do you have?

Trying make the solar system fit into a tight spot? Got an old tennis ball you want to use to show the scale the sun? Got a computer and no elbow room? These resources should help:

Formal Education

Build a Solar System
This resource from the Exploratorium allows teachers and students to select a size for an object to represent the Sun and all other sizes and distances in the solar system and distances to other interesting stars are calculated. The resource can be very good for a differentiated classroom to reduce the math requirement.
Grade Levels: 5-8, 9-12

Informal Education

Eyes on the Solar System
Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.
Grade Levels: 5-8, 9-12

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