• Solar System and Planetary Formation

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    We are moving on to understand how our solar system and the planets formed, and how the planets are different from each other. Why are the planets closer to the Sun so small and rocky while the ones farther away are huge and gaseous?  Why do we have so many planets?  Are all solar systems like ours?  

    This week I would like you to pick a planet and research what makes it unique within our solar system. 

    In your discussion response include the Title, Date, Publication (name of magazine or website) and Author of your article.  If you did your research online, include the URL (address) of the article. 

    Your response should include why you chose the planet and what you found most interesting about what you learned. 

    Post your answer by Thursday 11/2/17 and your 2 comments by Sunday 11/5/17.

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  • Stars and their Life Cycles

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    We have recently learned about what goes on inside stars and how stars have different life cycles. Our class focused on the 2 main types of life cycles, but there are other paths that a star's life can travel that scientists know about as well. Using the website below, learn about some of the other ways stars can go through their life cycles.  Key words to look for in the reading are: Red Dwarf, Binary Stars (what happens when one becomes a red giant or red supergiant?), and read about the different types of supernovae. http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/CosmosNotes/stars.htm  Answer the following question after reading the information.

    Please write in complete sentences:

    What is the most surprising or thought provoking information you learned from the article and why?

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  • Electromagnetic Spectrum

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    This week we are learning more about the EM Spectrum and what it tells us about our universe. We have already learned how useful it is to our everyday life even though we cannot see it. Think about the different wavelengths and the amazing ways we have learned to use them. Then answer the following question for this week:


    Imagine you could see in any wavelength on top of the visible light you already see...which one would you want to be able to detect and why?


    Be sure to give a thoughtful and complete answer by Thursday 10/5/17 and make 2 comments on other students posts by Sunday (before 7PM) 10/8/17.

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