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Planet Catalog Instructions:

Planet Catalog Instructions (Click link to safely download the Word document)

Planet Catalog Template:

Planet Catalog Template (Click link to safely download the Word document)

Objective

Students will research specified factual information on planets and dwarf planets of the solar system. They will use data tables, charts and various resources to describe the relative locations and physical features of the solar system’s planets and dwarf planets.

Learning Standard

ES 10. Compare and contrast properties and conditions of objects in the solar system (i.e., sun, planets, and moons) to those on Earth (i.e., gravitational force, distance from the sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.

Research

Use the following resources for each part of your planet catalog:

 

Classroom Textbook

MCAS Textbook

The Internet

Weblinks:

Sun:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Sun

Mercury:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mercury

Venus:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Venus

Earth:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Earth

Mars:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

Asteroid Belt:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Asteroids

Jupiter:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Jupiter

Saturn:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Saturn

Uranus:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Uranus

Neptune:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Neptune

Dwarf Planets:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Dwarf

Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs):  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=KBOs

Surface Gravity:  http://paddymellon.net/pages/grant/Surface_Gravity.htm

Derivation of Planet Names:  http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0875452.html

Number of Known Satellites (moons):

Planets

Mercury:  0

Venus:  0

Earth:  1

Mars:  2

Jupiter:  63

Satrun:  62

Uranus:  27

Neptune:  13

Dwarf Planets

Ceres:  0

Pluto:  3

Haumea:  2

MakeMake:  0

Eris:  1

What does the new solar system look like?

Here is the before (black circles with nine planets) and after (add red ellipses to show the dwarf planets) views of the solar system:

images from: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/dwarfplanets/

Helpful Links:

Earthrise Thinkquest:  excellent resource on the sun, planets, moons, and dwarf planets.  Organized charts with mass, diameter, orbital information, and important statistics.

Our Solar System Thinkquest:  an ok resource for planetary information, but includes important atmospheric data.  Suva Intermediate School in Bell Gardens, California

Dwarf Planets:  provides a definition and discovery information regarding dwarf planets.

 

 

Jump To:

Space Technology

Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)

Solar System

Gravity

Earth’s Seasons

Moon Phases

Eclipses

Tides

Stars & Galaxies

Study Guide:  Unit Test

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