Thursday, March 9, 2017

Planets: Known and Unknown

NASA made an exciting announcement in February.  Researchers have discovered seven planets orbiting a small star, located about 40 light years from Earth.  The planets are similar in size to Earth; researchers are excited about the possibility of water or even life on these exoplanets.

Photo Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

We’ve put together a new Special Edition - Planets: Known and Unknown - for any students (or educators) with an interest in space and space exploration. Obvious curriculum connections are Grade 6 and 9 Science but educators may also find connections in Physics 20 and Biology 20. We’ve included some interesting sites, articles, lesson plans and videos about the search for exoplanets and plans for space colonization. As always, you will find a number of engaging interactives for students.

So, who’s ready to start planning their new home in the TRAPPIST-1 System?

By Don Davis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons