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EXPLORE MORE!: FAR OUT FACTS ABOUT SPACE AND THE PLANET HUNTER

Mike Brown is a Real Guy
He’s a professor of astronomy at Cal Tech, and he’s still searching for planets!
Check out his website at:
http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/index.html

The Real Size of Things
Jupiter and Pluto are such wildly different sizes that it’s hard for books, posters, and lunchboxes to show their real relative sizes. So in general, they don’t. They fudge things to make Jupiter look smaller than it really is and Pluto much larger than it is. You’ll be amazed to see how tiny Pluto really is compared to other planets. Remember it’s only half as big as our moon!
Check out the relative sizes of the planets.

Click below for an amazing outdoor activity called "The Earth is a Peppercorn" that not only drives home the real relative sizes of planets but also the huge distances between planets:
http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html

 

NASA’s Kid’s Pages
Games, activities, and space exploration updates:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/home/index.html

Hubble Space Telescope
What scientists have seen from this orbiting telescope has changed our view of the universe. Check it out!
http://hubblesite.org/

Star Gazing
What to look for in the sky tonight:
http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/tonights_sky/

Check out a history of planet discoveries and planet-designation changes at:
http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/astronomy-topics/planets-and-pluto.html

 

 

 

COOL SOLAR SYSTEM ACTIVITIES

The Real Size of Planets
Jupiter and Pluto are such wildly different sizes that it’s hard for books, posters, and lunchboxes to show their real relative sizes. So in general, they don’t. They fudge things to make Jupiter look smaller than it really is and Pluto much larger than it is. This website has an amazing outdoor activity called "The Earth is a Peppercorn" that drives home the real relative sizes of planets AND the huge distances between planets:
http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html

The Real Space Between Planets
An easy hallway activity using a roll of toilet paper will help your students understand the relative distances between planets:
http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/family/materials/toiletpaper.pdf

All About Orbits
Activities to help kids understand that planet orbit at different speeds:
http://btc.montana.edu/CERES/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html