Across the Universe - a Virtual Field Trip Through Our Solar System

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Across the Universe A Virtual Field Trip Through Our Solar System… And Beyond [pic] [pic] INTRODUCTION We are about to embark on an extended and exciting journey that will take us from our home planet Earth, through our solar system, and finally to some of the most unusual and exotic places in the universe. In most cases, the places we will be visiting will be hundreds of billions or even trillions (that’s 1 with 12 zeroes after it or 1012 power) of miles away…and we are going to all these places without ever leaving class or home. I will be your tour guide Across the Universe, so let me fill you in on a few of the things you’ll need before we get started.…show more content…
What kind of planet is made mostly of rock and metal? What other characteristics do these planets have in common? 5. What kind of planet is made mostly of the gas elements hydrogen and helium? What other characteristics do these planets have in common? 6. The diameters of large planets are greater than 48,000 kilometers. The radius is half the length of the diameter. Therefore, if the diameter of a large planet is 60,000 kilometers, then its radius is __________________ kilometers. Journal Entry: Write at least three things you have learned about the Solar System during your overview tour. Journal Entry: Write at least three things you know or would like to know about Earth. Then write at least two things you know or would like to know about the Moon. 1. Use the formula: m=0.62k (m=miles; k=kilometers) to convert the Earth’s average orbital distance from the Sun and the length of its diameter from kilometers to miles. 2. What four elements compose most of Earth’s mass? 3. What theory describes the division and movement of the Earth’s crust? What are the processes that characterize the theory? 4. What two elements compose the majority of Earth’s
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