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Science Shorts: Astronomies of Scale

by: Bruce Larson

Astronomical scale is a difficult concept for elementary students to grasp when they begin studying the solar system. A school yard solar system model gives students a tangible experience of astronomical distances. After determining the distances between planets and the Sun, students decode a mystery that requires them to travel from planet to planet. The physical component of this gives students a real appreciation for how “close” the inner planets are compared with the cold and distant outer ones.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2009Stock # sc09_047_02_54Volume 047Issue 02

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