Does The Moon Really Orbit The Earth?

Discuss the orbit path of the moon and its relationship with the earth and the sun. While the sun applies a great deal more gravitational pull on the moon, we know the hill sphere keeps the moon orbiting the earth rather than being pulled away. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the links from the notes section to find articles and videos that cover this topic more in depth
  • Before watching the video, challenge students to draw what they think the path of the moon looks like as it orbits both the earth and the sun
Classroom Considerations

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  • The seventh video in a series of 22
Pros

  • Contains diagrams that are easy to understand
  • Works well in a flipped or traditional classroom
Cons

  • None