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Space Science - Chapter Summary
If you need to refresh your memory about how the earth moves or how space exploration has impacted technological advancements, check out the lessons included in this chapter. You can begin by studying Earth's orientation in the universe. Introductory lessons also outline classes of stars and show you how their colors can be used to gauge their surface temperatures. Watch as instructors discuss the stages of a star's life cycle, from its development into a protostar to its dissolution into a white dwarf, black hole or neutron star. You can even discover the types of radio, gamma ray, X-ray, reflecting and refracting telescopes used to detect visible light of varying wavelengths.
Characteristics of the solar system's inner, outer and dwarf planets are also covered, and you can round out your study of space science by exploring additional components of the solar system, like the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud. Topics covered by this chapter include the following:
- Star types and life cycles
- Types of telescopes
- Impacts of space exploration
- Inner, outer and dwarf planets
This space science chapter, which is taught by professional educators, features short entertaining video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. You can take the quizzes before viewing the video lessons to gauge your knowledge of space science and then again after watching to see if you've fully absorbed the material. There are also transcripts you can use to review key vocabulary terms and concepts.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Types of Stars by Size, Color and Life Cycle
Learn to identify the different sizes and colors of stars and how they relate to the star life cycle. In this lesson, we'll talk about spectral classification, how many stars there are of each type and the approximate color of the different classes of stars.
4. Star Formation: Main Sequence, Dwarf & Giant Stars
Learn how stars are born, beginning with a protostar. Then learn about stars in later stages of life, including main sequence stars, brown dwarfs, red giants, and black holes.
5. Types of Telescopes: Radio, Reflecting & Refracting Telescopes
Learn about the different types of telescopes that astronomers use: X-ray, radio, gamma ray, reflecting and refracting. Learn what the differences are between them and what different things they show us about the universe.
6. Inner Planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars
Take a tour of the four inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Known as the terrestrial planets, find out what makes each of them unique and how they are different from the outer planets, the gas giants.
7. Outer Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Take a tour of the outer planets of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Find out what makes each of these gas giants unique and learn about Pluto, a dwarf planet.
8. Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres
Discover why Pluto had to leave the league of planets and was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Learn the definitions for planet and dwarf planet. Find out about the currently classified dwarf planets in our solar system: Pluto, Eris, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.
9. 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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