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Ch 17: Overview of Earth & Space

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Check what you know about astronomical facts, such as those relating to planets and stars, using the lessons in this chapter. This resource is a great study tool you can refer to when preparing for classroom, college admissions or college placement exams.

Overview of Earth & Space - Chapter Summary

What are the names of some famous astronomers and what are their contributions to the field? What are some major facts about our solar system? What are the laws of gravity? These are among the topics you will review when you use this chapter.

Short video lessons provide examples and illustrations that support simple instruction to ensure that you learn and retain this information. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Relate basic information about the Milky Way
  • Explain facts about Earth, its rotation and other planets in our solar system
  • Understand details about the Sun
  • Explain what causes shadows
  • Detail information about the moon and stars
  • Discuss how gravity works
  • List the accomplishments and contributions of Galileo, Isaac Newton, Copernicus and Ptolemy
  • State what optical telescopes are and how they are used

You can learn details about each of these topics in about 5-10 minutes when you access these lessons, which are available 24/7 on any device. Lesson transcripts are also printable for further convenience. Demonstrate your understanding of each topic by taking self-assessment quizzes before you move from one lesson to the next.

15 Lessons in Chapter 17: Overview of Earth & Space
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Milky Way Facts: Lesson for Kids

1. Milky Way Facts: Lesson for Kids

If you started counting stars in our galaxy, you could be counting for more than 50 years. The Milky Way is the galaxy that we live in, and it contains a lot of stuff, including billions of stars. This lesson teaches you the basics of the Milky Way.

Planet Facts: Lesson for Kids

2. Planet Facts: Lesson for Kids

They're big, they're round, and they circle a giant ball of hot gas. Can you guess what they are? Planets are amazing places full of mystery and wonder. This lesson will teach you the basics of planets - even those beyond our solar system!

Planet Earth Facts: Lesson for Kids

3. Planet Earth Facts: Lesson for Kids

We live on an amazing planet. The earth spins through the solar system in the just the right place to contain life. But I'll bet there are lots of things you didn't know about the blue planet. This lesson will teach you all about our home: Earth.

Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

4. Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how and why the earth rotates? This concept has caught the interest of many scientists over hundreds of years. In this lesson, you'll discover interesting facts about Earth's rotation.

Sun Facts: Lesson for Kids

5. Sun Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Sun is a part of your every day life, but how much do you actually know about the Sun? Come and learn about what the Sun is, as well as its positive and negative effects.

Shadows Lesson for Kids: Facts & Causes

6. Shadows Lesson for Kids: Facts & Causes

You probably see shadows every day, but may not have thought much about them. Come learn about shadows, why they happen, why they are sometimes long and sometimes short, and some other cool facts about these dark shapes.

Moon Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

7. Moon Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever heard of the man on the moon? Or that it's made of Swiss cheese? Neither are true, as you will learn in this lesson all about our Moon. Find out how far it is from Earth, what it's like there, what lunar phases are, and more fun facts about our Moon!

Stars as a Source of Light: Definition & Explanation

8. Stars as a Source of Light: Definition & Explanation

After reviewing this lesson, you will be able to explain how stars are a source of light, and why we see other objects in our solar system. A short quiz will follow.

Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

9. Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

Gravity is what helps keep our feet grounded to the Earth and also causes us to fall! In this lesson, we'll learn what gravity is, how Earth's gravity works, and how gravity in the universe affects us and other objects in space.

Gravity in the Solar System: Shaping Planets & Stars

10. Gravity in the Solar System: Shaping Planets & Stars

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what gravity is, and the role it plays in forming the shapes of planets and stars. A short quiz will follow.

Galileo Galilei Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

11. Galileo Galilei Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Galileo Galilei was a revolutionary scientists who lived during the Renaissance period. During his lifetime he made many discoveries that influence our lives even today. In this lesson, you'll learn about this famous scientist.

Isaac Newton Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

12. Isaac Newton Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Imagine being so smart that Albert Einstein calls you the smartest person who ever lived. Wouldn't that be awesome! That really is what Einstein said about Sir Isaac Newton. Read on to find out more about one of the smartest people ever!

Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

13. Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

One of the great astronomers of history, Nicolaus Copernicus, put forth the idea that the Earth revolved around the Sun instead of the other way around. Learn about the life and achievements of Copernicus in this lesson.

Biography of Ptolemy: History, Facts & Contributions

14. Biography of Ptolemy: History, Facts & Contributions

Explore the life and accomplishments of the Greek-Egyptian writer, mathematician, and astronomer Ptolemy. Then, test your understanding about the ancient world and early sciences.

Optical Telescope: Facts & Overview

15. Optical Telescope: Facts & Overview

This lesson will explain what optical telescopes are, their history, how they work, and how they're used. We will also review the three types of telescopes, including the kinds of aberration (distortion) from which they can suffer. A short quiz will follow.

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