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Reminder: Planet Catalog DUE Monday 3/25

Remember the solar system planet catalog research project is due this Monday.  Please finish the project over the weekend.  You can access all the resources for your data from the solar system page.

What’s happening next?

Monday 3/25:  Solar System Research Project Test (You can use your planet catalog to help you answer the questions on the assessment)

Tuesday 3/26:  Solar System Vocabulary Quiz Review

Wednesday 3/27:  Solar System Vocabulary QUIZ

Thursday 3/28:  Gravity Lab

Friday 3/29:  No School!


Astronomy Solar System Project: Planet Catalog

Hello students and families,
When conducting your research, please use the appropriate resource for each topic as listed below.  Click here to go to the class solar system web page.

Please note the handouts can be found on the solar system page.

Derivation of planet’s name (meaning + language): Handout
Distance from sun (in km and au): MCAS Book
Average orbital speed, (km/s): MCAS Book
Period of revolution (in Earth time): MCAS Book
Period of rotation (in Earth time): MCAS Book
Surface gravity: Handout
Average temperature: Handout
Known satellites: Handout
Factoid: Media Center Books, Textbook, MCAS book, or Handouts

We will be in the media center on Monday, 3/18

Space Technology & Electromagnetic Spectrum Quiz on Monday 3/11

The following information will be covered on Monday’s quiz:


The sequence (order) of electromagnetic radiation from longest wavelength to shortest wavelength:EMS
Radio, microwave, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-ray, gama ray (Click here for a mnemonic device to help you remember the order.)

What is frequency:
the number of waves per time interval, such as 3 waves per second

What is wavelength:
the distance between two identical adjacent points in a wave.  For example, the distance between one peak or crest of a wave of light, heat, or other energy and the next corresponding peak or crest.

The inverse relationship of wavelength and frequency:frequency-wavelength
As wavelength decreases, the frequency of waves increases (more waves per second).
Shorter wavelength, higher frequency | Longer wavelength, lower frequency.

Types of Telescopes

Reflection Telescope (optical):
light from on object in space is reflected off of mirrors inside the telescope.  The Hubble Space Telescope is an example of a reflecting telescope.

Refraction Telescope(optical):
light from an object in space in bent (refracted) through an objective lens

Radio Telescope:
uses a large curved dish to collect and record radio waves traveling through space.


Artificial Satellite:
any human-made object that orbits another object in space

Space Shuttle:
reusable spacecraft that transports astronauts, satellites, and other materials to and from space

Space Probe:
an instrument that gathers information and sends the data back to Earth. Unlike satellites that orbit earth, space probes travel far into the solar system.

Space Station:
large artificial satellite that provides support systems, living quarters, and equipment so that humans can live and work in space and conduct research not possible on Earth. The International Space Station, for example, is a permanent laboratory designed for use in long-term research.

Electromagnetic Spectrum Homework (Due 3/7)

Directions: Electromagnetic (EM) radiation is used to provide information about different types of objects in space.  On a piece of paper, identify the types of information provided by each type of EM radiation listed below.  An example has been provided for you.  *120 sections only:  Also include at least one space tool that is used to collect the information for each type of EM radiation.

Here is the link to research how scientists use the electromagnetic spectrum: Multiwavelength Astronomy

example:  Visible Light:  views of planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulae (120s only:  The Hubble Space Telescope is used to collect information in the visible light spectrum.)

Radio Waves:


Infrared Radiation:

Ultraviolet Radiation:


Gamma Rays: