Do Any Stars NOT Have Planets?

The universe is littered with planets orbiting their suns. The video instructor outlines different methods scientists use to detect these exoplanets. As an installment of a larger solar system playlist, the video discusses current and past research leading to conclusions about stars and their planets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide pupils with a graphic organizer to record and explain different methods of detecting planets
  • Create collaborative groups and assign a different method to each person in the group to research; have the group create a final product illustrating each method
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a familiarity with planetary orbits
Pros

  • Incorporates research theories that have been both proven and disproven
  • Uses image animations to increase understanding of concepts
Cons

  • None