- Students will investigate and differentiate between planets, moons, and asteroids.
- Students will understand how planets are classified.
- orbital radius
- astronomical unit
- orbital zone
About the Lesson
In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore differences between planets, moons, and asteroids.
As a result, students will:
- Understand that in order to classify an object as a planet, it must be in orbit around the Sun, have sufficient mass to assume a nearly round shape under its own gravity, and have a clear orbital zone free of any other objects.
- Examine characteristics of celestial bodies such as diameter, orbital radius, presence of atmosphere, and orbital path.
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