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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a components of the solar system unit of a standard Astronomy 101 course. Topics covered include:
- Comparing outer and inner planets
- Inner planets
- Phases of terrestrial evolution
- Planetary geological processes
- Surface and atmospheric evolution of terrestrial planets
- Formation of the Earth
- Earth's rotation and orbit
- Outer planets of the solar system
- Jupiter's moons and atmosphere
- Saturn's rings, moons and atmosphere
- Uranus' moons, rings, atmosphere and rotation
- Neptune's orbit, moons, rings and atmosphere
- Planetary mass, distance of the Sun and Jovian planet formation
- Moons of the Jovian planets
- The formation of Jovian satellites
- Asteroids, meteorites and comets
- Shooting stars
- Tidal forces and heat transfer on Jovian planets
- Dwarf planets of the solar system
- Planets and other solar systems
1. 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.
2. Planetary Geology: The Study of Celestial Bodies
Planetary geology is a field of geology that explores celestial bodies like planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Scientists use a variety of advanced techniques and procedures to carry out their research on these distant bodies.
3. Formation of the Earth: Theories
In this lesson, the theory of how the planet Earth formed will be discussed. This includes looking at how it differentiated into three layers, how it formed its atmosphere, water, and land features, and how it continues to evolve today.
4. 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.
5. Jupiter's Important Properties
This lesson will go over the basic but important concepts related to Jupiter's interior, atmosphere, moons, and ring. You'll learn whether Jupiter is mainly a gaseous, liquid, or rocky planet!
6. Saturn's Major Characteristics
This lesson will describe for you what Saturn is made of, how it compares to the Earth and Jupiter, and some interesting things about its rings and moon.
7. Uranus's Moons, Rings, Atmosphere & Rotation
This lesson will explore the planet Uranus, its atmosphere, internal layers, rings, moons, and much more. You'll learn why Uranus has such an interesting color and why it doesn't have the cool clouds Jupiter has.
8. Neptune's Moons, Rings, Atmosphere & Temperature
This lesson will go over the major components of Neptune's atmosphere, interior, color, and why it is as warm as Uranus despite being farther away from the Sun.
9. Moons of the Jovian Planets
This lesson will introduce you to four well-known Jovian satellites called Titan, Triton, Miranda, and Ganymede. You'll be able to appreciate how vastly different just four of the hundreds of moons in our solar system are.
10. 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.
11. The Formation of Shooting Stars
This lesson will explain to you the differences between a meteor, meteoroid, and meteorite as well as how falling stars form and what the different kinds of meteorites are.
12. 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.
13. Planets Around Distant Stars
This lesson will describe how extrasolar planets can be found and if any have been found. Methods like Doppler shifts, microlensing, and transits will be defined.
14. Belt-Zone Circulation on Jovian Planets
This lesson explores the concept of belt-zone circulation in the Jovian planets of our solar system as well as why it occurs and what the differences between bands and zones are. A short quiz follows after the video.
15. Jupiter's & Saturn's Magnetospheres
This lesson will compare and contrast the magnetospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, and Earth. You'll learn how they're similar and what major difference exists between them.
16. Meteoroid: Definition & Facts
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what a meteoroid is, what they're made of, and how big they are. You'll be able to distinguish between the types of meteoroid, and know the difference between asteroids, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites. A short quiz will follow.
17. The Kuiper Belt: Definition, Location & Facts
The Kuiper Belt is an area beyond Neptune composed of stellar objects orbiting the sun. This lesson will cover the properties of the Kuiper Belt and explain why Pluto now belongs to it.
18. What is a Dwarf Planet? - Definition & Facts
Dwarf planets are a new class of stellar objects. They are too small to be planets, but too large to be asteroids. This lesson will cover the definition and five dwarf planets.
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