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Chapter 7 - Sun, Moon, and Planets


Unit C - Earth and Beyond

Chapter 7 - Sun, Moon, and Planets

Learn more about the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and the planets of our Solar System. Read interviews with astronomers and learn what tools they use to study our universe.

Educator Materials 3-D Model of the Big Dipper In outer space, you might not recognize the Big Dipper. The stars that form this constellation exist in 3-D not 2-D—so the star pattern... Interactive What Do You Know About Astronomy? How much do you really know about our place in space? Test your astronomy knowledge with this interactive quiz. Don't worry, there's... Article What's the Big Idea About Astronomy? Huge distances, gigantic sizes, and long periods of time—astronomy is a BIG subject. We've brought learning about it down to size... Educator Materials Stargazing There are thousands of stars in the night sky. Hidden among them are constellations and planets. How many can you find? Record your... Educator Materials Space Travel Guide Can you convince your friends to spend the next school break on Pluto? Let your imagination run wild, and write an inspiring work... Educator Materials Cosmic Cookies Did you know Jupiter's Great Red Spot is really a 300-year-old hurricane that's twice as wide as Earth? Find out more awesome facts.... Educator Materials Solar System Scavenger Hunt Try this on for size: If Earth were the size of your head, then Mercury would be an orange and Jupiter a small car. Size up the planets... Article Impact In the late 1970s a group of researchers led by physicist Luis Alvarez and geologist Walter Alvarez made an important discovery.... Article The 3-D Universe A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless for finding your way around in outer space. Take a 3-D look at mapping... Article Afpectus Lunae: Does the Moon Rotate on Its Axis? Like Earth, the Moon rotates on its axis. So why do we see only one view of its face? Grab two oranges, and let this 8th-grader from...