Solar System: Formation of Our Solar System

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Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the fourth of four Science Objects in the Solar System SciPack. It explores the hypothesis that the solar system coalesced out of a giant cloud of gas and debris left in the wake of exploding stars about five billion years ago. Everything in and on the earth, including living organisms, is made of the material from this cloud. As Earth and the other planets formed, the heavier elements fell to their centers. On planets closer to the Sun (the inner planets), the lightest elements and their compounds were mostly blown or boiled away by radiation from the newly formed sun. However, on the outer planets, the lighter substances still surround them as deep atmospheres of gas or as frozen solid layers.

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  • on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:54 AM

I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Solar System: Formation of Our Solar System Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only do they enrich my teaching, the knowledge enriches my life as well!.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Wed May 30, 2012 12:51 PM

I use Formation of Our Solar System in one of my courses for pre and inservice science teachers. This SLO explores the current understanding of Nebular Theory with a timeline of how we have come to this understanding and includes its limitations. It ends with a view of expanding exploration through technology of other solar systems and what we can learn about our own solar system formation from these technological advances..

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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