Solar System Model - the Orrery

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Models organize big ideas for scientists and students; they identify and test questions and are ideal tools for thinking. The Earth/Moon Rotation orrery shows our planetary movement around the sun and demonstrates lunar orbit and moon phases when illuminated with an accompanying light.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 5.3: Most objects in the solar system are in a regular and predictable motion.
  • 6.3: Variations in the amount of the sun’s energy hitting the Earth’s surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns.
  • 8.3: The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun.

Meets Common Core Standards

Meets Next Generation Science Standards

  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis betweenits North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)
Download Orrery QandA.pdf (pdf, 76.8kb)

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