Into the Solar System

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Key takeaways
An overview of what make up our Solar System.
An understanding of what a planet is.
A discussion of other Solar System objects such as moons, asteroids and comets.
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.

The solar system is so enormous that scientists create the Astronomical Unit (AU) where one AU is about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometres. In this class, students will gain a better understanding of what objects make up our Solar System and the main components, such as the Sun, planets, moon and other celestial bodies. Students will also learn what a planet is and why Pluto is no longer considered to be a planet. This class is aimed at students in Years 7 - 9 but is great for anyone interested in the solar system!

Solar System Sessions: ExoplanetsDwarf Planets, Comets and AsteroidsThe Gas Giant PlanetsThe Rocky PlanetsThe Sun


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 KS3 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 or S1, S2 and S3. 

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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