“Exploring Our Solar System and Sun”
Choose one of the following topics for your initial post this week:
- Access the interactive titled “What’s Your Favorite Planet?” under the “Outer Planets” terms section of the Science Corner. You can also view the interactive at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/favorite-planet.html. Identify your favorite planet, Next, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research articles regarding research and mission(s) that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made on the planet that you have identified. Then, state the main reasons why the planet you have chosen is your favorite. Discuss the mission(s) and research that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made to this planet, and explain the main benefits that the mission / research has had on our understanding of both the planet in question and the Earth.
- Watch the video titled “Anatomy of the Sun” (3 min 21 sec) under The Sun terms section of the Science Corner. You can also view the video at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/sun/1/1/. Next, discuss the main physical processes that occur in each layer of the sun. Then, analyze the manner in which researchers use indirect methods to study these layers.
- Describe the cause and occurrence of the aurora borealis. Then explain why this phenomenon is confined to high northern latitudes and what influences the color of the aurora.