The Solar System



Resources:; Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (hosted by University of Arizona)


1.1 Astronomy

a. Describe the chemical composition and physical structure of the universe
b. Describe and diagram the physical structure of of the three main galaxy types
c. Describe the structure of the solar system and its place in the Milky Way galaxy
d. Distinguish between stars and planets
e. Recognize that stars vary in color, size and luminosity
f. Describe a simple model of how fusion in stars produces heavier elements and results in the production of energy, including light
g. Compare and contrast the physical characteristics, including gravity of rocky and gaseous planets
i. Describe the regular and predictable patterns of stars and planets in time and location
j. Explain how Kepler's Laws describe orbital motion
k. Explain and predict changes in the moon's appearance (phases)
l. Describe the use of astronomical instruments in collecting data, and use astronomical units and light years to describe distances


1. Background/Origin, Solar System


2. The Terrestrial Planets- Once you arrive at the homepage, click on the planet you are studying

The Planet Earth





3. The Jovian Planets- Once you arrive at the homepage, click on the planet you are studying.









4.Other objects: Solar System -Once you arrive at the homepage, click on the object you are studying.



Comets: Halley; Shoemaker-Levy 9;

The Kuiper Belt and The Oort Cloud

Interplanetary Medium

951 Gaspra

243 Ida and Dactyl

253 Mathilde


5. Other planetary Systems


6. Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion- History/Animation and description



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