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Chapter Challenge

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Chapter 1: Chapter Challenge.


Earth’s Location

The Cosmic Distance Scale, NASA
This resource gives an impression of how immense our Universe is by starting with an image of the Earth and then zooming out to the furthest visible reaches of our Universe.

The Formation of Earth’s Solar System

The Origin of the Solar System, 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 Sun’s Influence on the Earth

Climate and Earth's Energy Budget, NASA
An in-depth article on Earth's energy budget.

The Sun’s Composition and Structure

A Look Inside Our Nearest Star!, Montana State University
Find out more about the interior structure of our nearest star. This page features a brief introduction with links to separate pages on different parts of the sun.

The Amazing Structure of the Sun, NASA
Read this in-depth description of the Sun’s structure.

How the Sun Compares to Other Stars

What are the main differences between the sun and other stars?, Windows to the Universe
Looks at the factors that cause stars to be different, such as mass, size, temperature, and age.

The Sun and Other Stars, Sun|trek
Compares the intrinsic brightness of the Sun to other stars.

Orbit of the Earth and Moon

Lunar Tides, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee
Look at the role that the moon plays in the tides. This site also looks at the role that the sun has when combined with or against the moons gravitational pull.

Ask an Astrophysicist, NASA
How does the earth's tilt affect the changing of the seasons, and what different angles cause those different seasons?

Precession, University of Oregon
Learn how the north star can change as the Earth wobbles on its axis.

Comets and Asteroids

Comets, Meteors and Asteroids, Cornell University
Overview of comets, meteors, and asteroids, including where they come from.

Asteroids and Comets, National Geographic
Defines asteroids and comets and explains where they are located.

Questions and Answers regarding Near-Earth Asteroids, NASA
Examines the possibility of a comet or asteroid hitting Earth.

Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards, NASA
Describes Near-Earth-Objects (NEOs), the possibility that one could strike the Earth, and the impact it might have.

Sample Podcasts

ScienceCasts, NASA
Video podcasts on science related topics.  Each podcast is a few minutes in length.  The audio portion of these podcasts best represent what students should work towards in the chapter challenge.

Hubblecast, The Hubble Space Telescope
Video podcasts showcasing Hubble Telescope research and findings.  Audio portions are good examples of podcasts students should try to create.

Earth Audio and Video Podcasts, NASA
Podcasts on Earth related topics.  Click on images that accompany podcasts for written transcripts.

Universe Audio and Video Podcasts, NASA
Podcasts on Universe related topics.  Click on images that accompany podcasts for written transcripts.

Solar System Audio and Video Podcasts, NASA
Podcasts on solar system related topics. Click on images that accompany podcasts for written transcripts.

Science in Action, BBC
Podcasts on science related topics.

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