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Contents[edit | edit source]
The pages included are:
- Title Page
- Copyright notice
- Our Solar System
- The Sun
- Asteroid belt
- Kuiper Belt
- Oort Cloud
- Space exploration
Major Questions[edit | edit source]
These major questions appear in every module:
- How big is this planet?
- What is its surface like?
- What are its moons like? Only for planets with moons.
- How long is a day on this planet?
- How long is a year on this planet? For moons: How long is its orbit around the planet?
- What is it made of?
- How much would this planet's gravity pull on me?
- Who is it named after?
- How was it discovered? Only for Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and several moons.
Some pages replace "it" with the planet's or moon's name and some don't.
Other topics[edit | edit source]
Other topics in this book could be:
- About gravity, mass, and weight (alternate version at About weight and gravity)
- How the Solar System was born
- What will happen to the Solar System in the future
- The Mystery of Space just a general overview about how people have regarded space differently in different cultures throughout time
- Is there life out there? looking at the old question; the possible Mars microbes are of note, sci-fi and speculation might be interesting to touch on.
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- Windows to the Universe: our Solar System -- This website is first-rate for kids. You can choose text appropriate for elementary, middle-school, or high-school students.
- Solar System on Wikipedia
- Guide to our Solar System from CBBC Newsround
- National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) planetary science page
- The Nine Planets Website
- NASA Solar System exploration (Public domain - usable in this book - See acceptable use policy)
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific education page
- How to Compute Planetary Positions, by Paul Schlyter
- Celestia, Celestia WikiBook - A free space simulation that lets you and your children explore our universe in three dimensions.