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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a small celestial bodies in the solar system unit of a standard intro to astronomy course. Topics covered include:
- The origin and orbits of meteoroids
- How satellites form in our solar system
- Tidal forces on Jovian satellites
- Classifications and characteristics of meteorites
- Origins and properties of asteroids and comets
- How 'shooting stars' form
- Trans-Neptunian objects
- The solar system's dwarf planets
1. Satellite Formation in Our Solar System
Most planets of our solar system have at least one moon, with many having multiple moons. This lesson explores satellite formation, looking at four different ways that planets got their moons.
2. Tidal Forces & Heat Transfer on Jovian Satellites
Tidal heating is the increase in temperature of a moon due to its tides, and proximity to the planet. Learn how Jovian satellites experience this, as well as orbital resonance and heat transfer as they travel through orbit.
3. Meteoroids: Origin & Orbits
Meteoroids are simply space debris, typically rock or dust, that are roughly the size of a paper clip. Discover the peculiarities of meteorites, meteor showers and the radiant, comets, and the parent bodies of these space-traveling fragments.
4. Meteorite Classifications & Characteristics
Meteorites are smaller chunks of meteoroids that make it through the Earth's atmosphere. Learn about the main types of meteorite classifications such as stony meteorites, iron and stony-iron meteorites, and the characteristics of each type.
5. Asteroids: Origin & Properties
Asteroids are thought to be material from our early solar system. Explore the history, origins, and orbits of asteroids and learn about the most common non-main belt asteroids.
6. Comets: Origin & Properties
Historically believed to be omens, comets are small celestial objects that orbit the sun alongside the planets. Explore the properties and the likely origins of comets: the Oort Cloud and the Kuiper Belt.
7. What Are Trans-Neptunian Objects?
Trans-Neptunian objects are small planetary objects found beyond the orbit of Neptune. Explore the concept of trans-Neptunian objects, looking at how they're found largely in the Kuiper belt, and why they are sometimes called plutinos.
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