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Solar System Object tips: Geology and atmosphere of the planet (what is it made

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Solar System Object tips:
Geology and atmosphere of the planet (what is it made of? How do we know this information?)
Orbital and rotational characteristics (is the orbit very eccentric? Does it rotate very quickly or slowly?)
Does it have any moons/rings? How many, how big? What are they made of?
What man-made satellites have visited (or will visit) your planet/object? How else have we studied it?
Interesting features? Magnetic fields? Unique events (comet hitting Jupiter etc..)?
You may use any available resources to research your topic.
Here are some tips to help structure this assignment:
Read about your planet/object in the textbook first. Take notes on particular topics that interest you. Write down any interesting questions you think
of while reading – you can investigate these things further online or elsewhere.
There are many good sources of overview information. Use it the same way, taking notes on topics that interest you or make you want to inquire further.
(Don’t shy away from topics you don’t understand right away – try to dig deeper)
Read over your notes, and think over the results of your reading.
Setting notes aside, brainstorm and write down all the interesting ideas that you have come up with.
Organize these ideas into a coherent sequence. Return to your notes and add any information relevant to your major ideas which will illustrate or explain them.
Add an introduction and a conclusion which sums up what you have discussed and learned. Cut out any irrelevant or uninteresting material.
Recommended resources:
1. 9th Edition The Comic Perspective Chapter 7 is an overview of all the planets. Read about your object here first! (Comets, Dwarf planets etc. may be found in other chapters)
2. NASA 360 Website (
3. Solarsystem website by NASA (
3. (
4. LiveScience (
5. National Geographic Astronomy (
7. NASA Image/video Archive:
8. Kanopy Video site – access with RCCC account login:
Space Exploration Research help:
1. (use the search bar, look for “apollo,” Space Shuttle,” “Space Station” etc.)
2. NASA Image/video Archive:
3. ARS Technica – also a good site to search for articles:

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