Website of the Week: Extreme Planet Makeover

Extreme Planet Makeover – A NASA interactive experiment (Gr. 5-10)

A NASA project, EPM asks students to investigate the conditions necessary for a planet like Earth to exist in another solar system. Use the tools at the bottom of the window to adjust several planetary variables including its distance from star and the size, age and type of star that the planet orbits. Click the Planet Gallery link in the top-right corner to see other planets in our solar system and nearby systems too.

INTEGRATE

  • Ask students to come up with other celestial planets from books, movies and other media and try to recreate them using this tool.

Thanks to ktenkely for tweeting this find!

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