How Big is the Solar System?

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Find out if it's possible to travel to the edge of the solar system. Learners use a piece of string to model the distance between planets in the solar system. They then use the distances to calculate how long it would take to travel to each planet.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a solar system model to hang from the ceiling to use as a reference
  • Add planets to scale in the distance model
Classroom Considerations
  • Collect and prepare materials prior to the activity
  • Provides a link to online accessible telescopes for data collection
  • Uses easily obtainable materials
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