Pluto: Still Not A Planet

Jupiter's magnetic field is 20,000 times that of Earth's. An awareness of the strenght of Jupiter's magnetic field is just one of the challenges engineers face when designing spacecraft to visit Jupiter and its moons. Learn more about these challenges in an installment of the SciShow Space series and enjoy a discussion on the status of Pluto as a planet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Post the video to a class website to encourage pupils to watch and re-watch
  • Have learners collect information and then debate for and against Pluto being a planet
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Images help support understanding of the scientific concepts
  • Provides an option for subtitles to support new vocabulary
Cons

  • None