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Exploring the Universe: Objects in Motion

In this activity, learners use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space.

DESCRIPTION

"Exploring the Universe: Objects in Motion" encourages participants to explore the complex but predictable ways objects in the universe interact with each other. Stars, planets, moons, and other objects in space orbit around each other because of gravity, and NASA scientists can use what we already know about the laws of physics to make new discoveries and predictions. Participants in this activity use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space.

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DESCRIPTION

"Exploring the Universe: Objects in Motion" encourages participants to explore the complex but predictable ways objects in the universe interact with each other. Stars, planets, moons, and other objects in space orbit around each other because of gravity, and NASA scientists can use what we already know about the laws of physics to make new discoveries and predictions. Participants in this activity use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space.

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OBJECTIVES

LEARNING GOALS

  • • Objects in the universe interact in complex but predictable ways.

    • Stars, planets, moons, and other objects in space orbit around each other because of gravity.

    • NASA scientists use what we know about the laws of physics to make new predictions and discoveries.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2018
OWNING INSTITUTION

The Science Museum of Minnesota

FUNDING

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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