Our main goal is learning about Earth, but it is so important that we know what the other planets in our solar system! Here we will learn about other planets, what they are made of, the moon, stars in the solar system, and different ways to see those stars!
After your group finishes its individual assignments, you all will take what you have learned and put together a poster board of the solar system. Your poster board should include all eight planets, the three constellations we learned through this Webquest, and the dwarf planets (if you choose to get the extra credit for the dwarf planets).
Astronomer 1: Your activity is to look at the provided links and gather what it says about the planets and their distance from the Sun. Then, put the planets in order from which is closest to the Sun and outward onto the worksheet.
Astronomer 2: Your mission is to figure out the composition of each planet that Astronomer 1 finds but wait until they finish their part! In the meantime, find out what Ursa Minor and Ursa Major are also called. (Hint: you may have already heard of them before, just called a different name!) And what is Orion known as?
Astronomer 3: Define what telescopes, astrolabes, and sextants are and why they are important. Choose which one is your favorite and explain why.
Astronomer 4: Your job is to look at the provided links and explain the phases of the moon, and what the moon looks like in those phases. (Hint: there should be at least four different moon phases!)
EXTRA CREDIT IF YOU FIND TWO DWARF PLANETS NAMES!