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❑ Compare the orbits and composition of comets and asteroids with that of Earth.
❑ Describe the effect that asteroids or meteoroids have when moving through space and sometimes entering planetary atmospheres (e.g., meteor-"shooting star" and meteorite).
❑ Explain that the universe consists of billions of galaxies that are classified by shape.
❑ Explain interstellar distances are measured in light years (e.g., the nearest star beyond the sun is 4.3 light years away).
❑ Name and describe tools used to study the universe (e.g., telescopes, probes, satellites and spacecraft).

Quizlet for this Topic
Deep Space

Class Resources
What Has Hubble Shown Us? (Powerpoint from class, 10/29)
Big Bang with Stephen Hawking Video
Big Bang and Birth of Earth - put to song (4:40)
Galaxies
Brainpop.com (Search for Galaxies)
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Galaxies Galore (this isn't working from school -- try it at home!)
Classifying Galaxies
Explanation of How Galaxies are Classified
National Geographic Explains Galaxies
Video: Evolution of the Universe
Video: Galaxies of the Universe (this is the one we watched in class on 10/31)
Game: Are We Alone?
Game: Build A Solar System

What is a Light Year?
How Stuff Works Explains a Light Year
Star Child Explains a Light Year

Asteroids
Brainpop.com (Search for Asteroids for Station #1)
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Video: Paintball Can Save Us From An Impending Asteroid? (shown in class 11/8)

Comets
Brainpop.com (Search for Comets for Station #3)
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Video: Segment from Bill Nye (Station #8)
Video: Segment from "The Universe" (Station #4)

Meteors, Meteoroids, Meteorites
Distinguishing Between The Three (includes a good image to show the difference)
Explaining the Difference
Video: What is the difference? (WARNING: This link will take you to youtube.com -- technical difficulties occurred when attempting to download and upload it; Station #10).
Video: Meteor Shower (Station #6)

All Five Celestial Bodies (Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids, Meteors & Meteorites)
Site That Defines & Explains the Difference Between A, C, M, M & M (above)
Explanation of the Difference (has some cool photographs enclosed)

Did you hear about the meteorite that struck Russia? russia meteorite impact.jpg
Click here to learn more from CBS Sunday Morning
(Shown in the picture above is the impact site of one of the larger parts of the meteorite)

How about the asteroid that intersected Earth's orbit, 1/10 the distance between the Earth & Moon... Whew! Close call!
Click here to learn more from NASA

Do You Know The Planets In Our Solar System?
Brainpop.com (Search for Solar System or The Sun)
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Beginning
Letter
Saying
Corresponding
Planet
M
My
Mercury
V
Very
Venus
E
Educated
Earth
M
Mother
Mars
J
Just
Jupiter
S
Served
Saturn
U
Us
Uranus
N
Nachos
Neptune
Learn them from the Solar System Song!

What About Pluto?
Link to Teacher's Domain Video Clip: "What is a Planet?"

Fun Facts:
How Big is the Milky Way (our galaxy)? Imagine that our entire Solar System were the size of a quarter. The Sun is now a microscopic speck of dust, as are its planets, whose orbits are represented by the flat disc of the coin. How far away is the nearest star to our sun? In our model, Proxima Centauri (and any planets that might be around it, which is about 4.3 light years away from the Sun) would be two soccer fields away. This is the typical separation of stars in our part of the galaxy.