Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance

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Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically. 

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Pros

  • Kinesthetic activity helps learners visualize what happens in space
  • Part of a series of kinesthetic astronomy lessons by California Academy of Sciences
  • Adaptable to Next Generation Science Standards for high school earth and space sciences
Cons

  • None
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