Ch 27: Basics of Space Science

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Take the time to explore this chapter's comprehensive lessons about the impact of the earth's rotation and other subjects pertaining to the basics of space science. You can take self-assessment quizzes to gauge how much of the information you know.

Basics of Space Science - Chapter Summary

Reintroduce yourself to the the foundations of space science by studying lessons that include subjects like the atmosphere of the sun, the definition of asteroids and comets, the history of space travel and more. Use the self-assessment quizzes at the end of the chapter to track your progress. You can also find the following subjects in this chapter:

  • Impact of the earth's rotation
  • Names of the moon phases
  • Impact of gravity, the moon, and the sun on the tides
  • Summary of the solar system
  • The atmosphere of the sun
  • Orbits of the planets and satellite formation in the solar system
  • Space travel's benefits and dangers
  • The characteristics of asteroids and meteorites
  • The impact of space exploration on culture

All of our lessons and quizzes are comprehensive so as to allow you to get the most out of your review. They are also short so you don't have to spend a large amount of time going over concepts. Our instructors have prepared the lessons and are available if you have questions about them.

10 Lessons in Chapter 27: Basics of Space Science
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Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

1. Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

This lesson explores the factors that influence seasons, daylight, and temperatures on our planet, including rotation and radiation. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

2. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

3. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.

Solar System Overview

4. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

The Sun: Atmosphere & Facts

5. The Sun: Atmosphere & Facts

This lesson will go over what the three layers of our sun's atmosphere are, the sun's surface temperature, chemical composition, radius, and distance from Earth.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

6. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

7. Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

This lesson will describe regular, irregular, collision fragments, captured asteroids, and other types of satellites orbiting around the planets of the solar system.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

8. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

Space Travel: History, Dangers & Benefits

9. Space Travel: History, Dangers & Benefits

Space is fascinating. Humans have been sending objects into space for decades, trying to learn about Earth and what's beyond. But while space travel can be beneficial, there are also risks that come along with exploring the rest of the universe.

How Space Exploration Affects Culture & Society

10. How Space Exploration Affects Culture & Society

Few events have had more impact on human culture and society than space exploration. Learn the various ways that culture and society have changed as a result of major space exploration events like the moon landing.

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