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Solar System: Components & Facts - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors outline facts about the solar system and its components. You'll review the definition of a star and study the difference between a solar system and a galaxy. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Outline the difference between a universe, galaxy and solar system
- Provide an overview of the solar system
- Give facts about stars
- Explain why stars twinkle
- Understand facts about the planets
- Identify interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon system
- Understand the apparent motion of the planets and stars
Take your time as you review these lessons, and feel free to go back as much as needed to fully comprehend these concepts as you prepare for test day. The lesson quizzes and chapter test provide information about any areas that you might need to work on before you sit for the exam.
1. Solar System, Galaxy, & Universe: Definitions & Difference
Want to learn what the universe, galaxy, and solar system are as well as some cool facts about each one? This lesson will give you an overview of what these three things are in a relatable fashion.
2. 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.
3. Stars: Definition & Facts
Before you name a star after someone, get the facts! Stars are a lot more than pretty lights up in the sky. Complete this lesson to learn more about nuclear fusion, main sequence stars, red giants, and more.
4. Why Do Stars Twinkle?
Do you know why stars twinkle? Do they twinkle at all or is it our imagination? Technically called scintillation, this lesson will teach you what twinkling is and why it happens.
5. What are Planets? - Facts & Definition
In this lesson, you'll learn the official definition of a planet, how planets are formed, and about the two types of planets found in our solar system: terrestrial planets and gas giants.
6. Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System
Learn how the sun, earth, and moon interact with each other to create tides, phases, eclipses, seasons, solar winds, and precession. Take a quiz and see how much you've picked up.
7. The Apparent Motion of Stars & Planets
After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the apparent motion of the stars and planets in our sky: during each night and also across the months. A short quiz will follow.
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