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Meet the Neighbors: Planets Around Nearby Stars

Students explain why a transiting planet causes a periodic dimming in the light from its parent star. They determine the radius of a planet, and its orbital distance, by analyzing data and manipulating equations. Students compare the results obtained for the extrasolar planetary system to our own solar system, and they discuss the major differences.

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11th - 12th
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2 days
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Inquiry-Based Learning
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