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13 resources with the keyterm planetary science

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For Teachers 9th - 12th
What happens when a comet full of 'volatiles' comes to close to the sun? The volatiles ignite, creating a long gaseous tail. Are there differences between meteors and comets? Leading scientists and CG graphics help differentiate the two...
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For Teachers 9th - 12th
BBC has put together a comprehensive clip describing the composition of meteorites. This is a very cute video younger learners will enjoy. It also shows the properties of meteorites through scientific inquiry. A bit short but perfect for...
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Galaxies, Part 2 of 3

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Part two of this three-part series asks us to think what life would be like if we lived in a binary star system. We are also introduced to black holes and Einstein's theory of relativity. A great clip shown in its three-part entirety or...
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Exploring Comets with Dr. Alan Stern

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What are comets, and where do they come from? Learn about short and long period comets, where they come from, and what they're made of. Dr. Alan Stern answers specific questions regarding comets we see and ones we don't. This is a...
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Galaxies, Part 1 of 3

For Teachers 4th - 8th
You've found part one of a three-part series entitled "A Practical Guide to the Universe." Hosted by Tom Selek, this older clip shows, describes, and invites viewers to think about what galaxies are. The color, motion, and brightness of...
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Comets - Remnants Of The Beginning

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why do scientists study comets, and why are they so important? We learn that comets delivered much of the water, material, and chemicals that helped shape our planet. They also contain frozen evidence that can tell the story of our...
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Unlocking Comet Secrets - A Comet's Tale

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The comet's nucleus is tiny and quite dark, so how are scientists able to study them? Introduce your class to the scientific tools that make comet study a reality. While this clip begins to explore a fascinating topic, it is...
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Jupiter Explosion - A Comet's Tale

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This extremely short clip poses a question your class could ponder for days. It was discovered that a comet hit Jupiter causing an explosion greater than all the Earth's nuclear weapons combined. So, if a comet hit Jupiter creating...
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Comets And Meteor Showers (Perseid Meteor Shower)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As the dusty tail of a comet pass near Earth, particles fly off and burn up in Earth's atmosphere creating beautiful meteor showers. Learn about the Perseid Meteor Shower and the NASA space craft that make it possible for us to know when...
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Snowball Earth?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What would happen if we were thrust into another Ice Age? This clip introduces the issues and coping mechanisms we'd need to survive another ice age. Looking to the past geologists search for answers that could help us in the future.
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Galaxies: A Cosmic Journey Through the Universe

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Sometimes open ended is good. This five-minute silent video shows various objects found in space. Learners will see Earth, the Milky Way, stars, nebulae, comets, quasars, and galaxies. Because there is no narration this video could be...
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Meteors from Halley's Comet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Did you know that meteor showers come from comet tails? A NASA scientist explains that we may not be able to see Halley's Comet for another fifty years, we can experience marvelous meteor showers from its tail. Getting kids excited about...
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Venus Wordsearch

For Students 5th - 6th
There are a ton of great vocabulary words to be found in a word search about the planet Venus. Learners will locate and circle 34 wonderful words related to planetary science and the solar system. Printing instructions are included.