Exoplanets

The night sky is filled with stars in every direction. But, is there anything around those stars ... like planets? Explore the galaxy in a search for other worlds with an engaging video. Topics include the methods used for locating planets in other solar systems, types of planets scientists have found so far, and the possibility of finding Earth-like planets throughout the universe.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show images of planets scientists have found and photographed, then have the class locate where these planets are in relation to Earth
  • For younger learners, brainstorm a list of all of the biotic and abiotic factors an exoplanet would need to be considered Earth-like, a great way to pull in life science prior knowledge
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should understand types of stars, rotation, and orbit to fully comprehend the resource
Pros

  • Animations help show viewers the concepts of transit and reflexive motion, two methods used for locating exoplanets
  • Presents the content clearly, making it understandable for even younger science scholars
Cons

  • None