Ch 40: The Solar System & The Earth-Moon-Sun Relationship

About This Chapter

This chapter focuses on the solar system, including all the things in it and the way they work together. Attributes of planets, comets, and other bodies are detailed as well as theories on how the solar system was formed.

The Solar System & The Earth-Moon-Sun Relationship - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you familiarize yourself with the components and characteristics of the solar system. Learn about facts and theories about the relationship between the Earth, moon and sun as well as characteristics of different planets and celestial bodies. Key topics covered in this chapter include:

  • The Solar Nebula Theory
  • The orbit, visability and characteristics of the planets
  • Atmosphere of the sun
  • Phases of the moon
  • Rotation and revolution of the Earth and its effects
  • Asteroids, meteorites and comets
  • Gravity and the tides
  • Eclipses

Use our brief, engaging lessons to help improve your understanding of our solar system. This chapter is broken down into key elements to help you fully understand one concept before moving onto the next. You may test your knowledge with the related quizzes.

10 Lessons in Chapter 40: The Solar System & The Earth-Moon-Sun Relationship
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Solar System Overview

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.

The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

2. The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

This lesson will go over the theory that explains how the solar system formed, what theory had once competed with it, and what important implication this theory carries.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

3. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

4. Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System

This lesson will go over some characteristics of the planets in our solar system with respect to their masses, diameters, temperatures, densities, and rotation.

The Sun: Atmosphere & Facts

5. The Sun: Atmosphere & Facts

This lesson will go over what the three layers of our sun's atmosphere are, the sun's surface temperature, chemical composition, radius, and distance from Earth.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

6. 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.

Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

7. Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

This lesson explores the factors that influence seasons, daylight, and temperatures on our planet, including rotation and radiation. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

8. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

9. How Gravity, the Moon & the Sun Influence Tides

This lesson will define tides, the tidal force, neap tide, and spring tide. It will also talk about how the sun, moon, and Earth interact to produce tidal bulges.

What is an Eclipse? - Definition & Types

10. What is an Eclipse? - Definition & Types

This lesson will explain what an eclipse is and the various types of eclipses, particularly from the vantage point of the earth. A short quiz will follow.

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