Dwarf Planets, Comets and Asteroids

Curriculum support5 minsFREE

Key takeaways
Describe the differences between dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets.
Understand why Pluto is no longer considered to be a planet.
Explain what comets are made from, the origin of comets and their eccentric orbits.
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.

This short, snappy session gives students all they need to know on the smaller bodies in the Solar System. In this class, students will examine asteroids, comets and dwarf planets. Students will gain a better understanding of their characteristics, such as compositions, orbits, and some named celestial bodies. This class is aimed at students in Years 7 - 9 but is great for any student interested in the solar system!

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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 all students in Years 7-9 or S1-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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