Activity 1 -
The History and Scale of
the Solar System
Use the resources listed below to help you complete this activity.
To learn more about this topic, visit the following
Distances in the Universe
Unit (AU), Near Earth Object Program, NASA
Find out a little more about the Astronomical Unit.
is a light year and how is it used? Starchild, NASA
This description is similar to the text in EarthComm but also
offers links to other relevant pages.
a Millimeter Were a Year/Light-Year
Comprehending a distance as great as a light year is difficult.
This brief essay puts the light-year in perspective by comparing
it to a millimeter.
The Nebular Theory
Nebular Theory of Solar System Formation, Hawaii
This comprehensive site has an easy to use flow chart of the formation
of the Solar System. There is also a pictoral slide show and answers
to frequently asked questions.
Solar Nebular Hypothesis, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee
Read an approximate chronology of the formation of the solar system
and see pictures to go along with some of the phases.
The Birth of the Planets
of a Solar System? CNN
This is a report from a 1998 discovery by scientists at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory that provided some new information about
how planets form.
The Solar System
Milky Way Galaxy Fact Sheet, Perth Observatory
Learn some more trivia about the galaxy and our place in it.
Milky Way and other Galaxies, Ask a Space Scientist - Goddard
Space Flight Center
Find out answers to 90 different questions about our galaxy and
Milk Way Images
Astronomy , NASA's Infrared Astrophysics Data Center
Pictures of the Day: Milky Way Galaxy, Goddard Space Flight
To learn more about solar-system walks, visit the following web
a Solar System Walk, Exploratorium
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition
A Journey Through the Solar System along the National Mall in
Planning a visit to the nation's capital? If so, check out the
scale model of the solar system along the National Mall. For more
information, read this article about the new exhibit in the October
issue of Smithsonian magazine.
To learn more about the five stars nearest
to the Sun, visit the following web sites:
26 Nearest Stars to Earth, University of Wisconsin
Stars - Model
This page gives you the relative distance of the nearest stars
and help with how to make a scale model.
of Earth's nearest stars
To learn more about nuclear fusion, visit the
following web sites:
Get started learning about fusion with this brief description
of how fusion works.
How EINSTEIN Arrived at E=MC2 - Mort Orman, M.D
To learn more about star-forming nebulae in
the galaxy, visit the following web sites:
European Southern Observatory
Nurseries, University of Illlinois
Read about the birth of stars.
Early Star Formation
Read a brief article about what scientists understand about
Star is Born
Take a virtual tour though the life of a young star.
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