Bodies of the Solar System

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Key takeaways
A description of all the bodies that make up our Solar System.
A discussion of what makes a planet a planet.
An analysis of the Sun as a star and an overview of how it emits light via nuclear fusion.
Laura LewisHost: Laura studied at Royal Holloway University of London and the Open University. She is passionate about science communication and has presented talks about Exoplanets at Oxford University and Imperial College London.

Can you name all of the bodies that make up the Solar System? By the end of this class you will! In this class, students take a closer look at all the bodies that make up our Solar System, including: planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. Students will also gain a better understanding of why Pluto is no longer classified as a planet and the characteristics needed to be called a planet. We will also analyse, how our star, the Sun emits light through nuclear fusion. 

This class is great for students in Years 9 - 11 who are studying Physics at the GCSE or equivalent level.

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Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.

Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 9-11 or S3-S5 studying Physics at GCSE or equivalent level. 

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
What to expect:
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