The Discovery of Uranus

Take a trip back in time to the Age of Enlightenment. A video lesson describes the sequence of events leading to the discovery of the planet Uranus. Previously, Uranus was considered a faint star, then a comet, and finally correctly identified as a planet, doubling the size of the known solar system.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for discussion and practice
  • Create a timeline of astronomical discoveries
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals require Internet access if viewing the video independently
  • Uses many images to add interest
  • Builds a historical connection to astronomy
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