This program begins with observations of the Earth's Moon and a modeling activity that shows why the Moon goes through phases and eclipses. Then the students look at Jupiter's four major moons on a series of nights and figure out how long each one takes to circle Jupiter. Finally the students journey through the solar system to see many moons through the "eyes" of modern spacecraft. Classroom activities involve students in performing experiments in crater formation, using Moon maps, and designing lunar settlements.
News/Updates for PASS: Moons of the Solar System
As of May 2014, the Moons of the Solar System show, updated for use in digital planetariums, is available as a complete electronic package, which includes the show script and all media, including images, movies and audio.
This program is available in electronic format, with all images and movies included, from the following sources:
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