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BBC Solar System – Discover the beauty and strangeness of space

BBC Solar System – Discover the beauty and strangeness of space
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Fun Solar System Facts for Kids - Interesting Facts about the Solar System *Note that in the image above the sizes are to scale, but the relative distances are not. The solar system includes the Sun and all the objects that orbit around it due to its gravity. This includes things such as planets, comets, asteroids, meteoroids and moons. The Solar System formed around 4.6 billion years ago. Answering a 190-year old astronomical question Epsilon Aurigae was first given serious, systematic, scientific scrutiny in 1821. Early modern astronomers correctly classified it as an eclipsing binary variable star, with an invisible partner that will periodically dim the light as it eclipses the main star from the perspective of Earth. This happens every 27 years, and Epsilon Aurigae's apparent brightness drops for a period of more than a year. The nature of this partner has remained a mystery, even though we've been observing the star for nearly two centuries. Over the years, different ideas have come and gone. For the latter case to be correct, then the orbit of the disk around the darker companion star would have to be in the same plane as the orbit of the darker object (companion star) around Epsilon Aurigae, which would in turn have to be the exact same plane as Earth's vantage point in order to produce the sequence of events we observe here on Earth.

Online Resource for Science Tutors This resource provides support for tutors and mentors working with primary and secondary teachers at the start of their careers - thus for everyone helping to develop the next generation of science teachers - tutors, mentors, researchers, and teachers too. Previously, Sci-Tutors was hosted on an independent URL. However, Sci-Tutors has now been incorporated into the ASE Site and all the resources have been moved here. The tabs on the left and subsequent sub-tabs, as well as the links below, will help you find ideas that can be adapted for sessions with your students, including: Other resources available for members of the Association of Tutors in Science Education (ATSE) include: To view this section or to download files there is no requirement to log on. This site is a cooperative venture and includes useful material and suggestions from a wide range of science education tutors.

Windows to the Universe Stellarium Ordering the Planets Remembering which order the planets come in can be difficult, so why not teach your class the following tricks? You could also ask the children to try to make up their own! (all lists should be read downwards) The International Astronomical Union have voted to change the status of Pluto. Denise Dickens also gave the following useful advice: If you get confused as to which M comes first remember, never put a Mars bar near the sun. Find more ideas and resources on our Earth and Beyond page. SUN NASA'S New Look NASA's New Eye on the Sun Delivers Stunning First Images View related briefing materials here. NASA's recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is returning early images that confirm an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand our sun’s dynamic processes. Some of the images from the spacecraft show never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. "These initial images show a dynamic sun that I had never seen in more than 40 years of solar research,” said Richard Fisher, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. SDO will determine how the sun's magnetic field is generated, structured and converted into violent solar events such as turbulent solar wind, solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

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