LESSON 2: THE SOLAR SYSTEM Creative Commons, Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)
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Humanity begun to observe, record and distinguish the celestial bodies already since antiquity. With the passing of time, and the development of technology, terrestrial and space telescopes of high resolution were constructed for studying our solar system and numerous space expeditions were performed for in situ measurements. The aim of these efforts is both the study of the planets of the Solar system, and the search for clues about the existence of the appropriate conditions, now or in the past, for the support of life in other planetary environments.

Knowledge acquisition gain
  Knowledge: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: Understand that gravity is the main factor for the formation of the structure of the Solar System Recognize celestial bodies of the Solar System, besides the planets Report professions relevant to Astronomy Skills: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: Distinguish the differences between a planet, a satellitte, a comet and an asteroid Experiment with simple materials Attitudes: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: Cooperate in groups Obtain a positive attitude towards science Obtain a positive attitude towards STEM professions.

Workforce in Astronomy

Around 540,000 students study astronomy, physics, chemistry, and earth science in the EU. Besides astronomer or astrophysicist, there are many jobs available for which an astronomy degree is valuable. They include aerospace engineer, climatologist, computer systems analyst, data analyst, engineer, geophysicist, instrument designer, planetarium director, programmer, physicist, research scientist, science writer/journalist, software developer, statistician, teacher or professor, telescope operator. Jobs for scientists and engineers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for technicians in the field grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European science and engineering workers are employed. They work in a variety of sectors, including professional services, utilities, manufacturing, and the public sector. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

  90 min
Number of staff
Education Level
12-15 years
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Operating system
Cross platform / browser based
Technical requirements
Internet connection during class required
You'll need to buy some materials
Printed materials required
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer
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