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Why we can see some planets but not others

In this planetarium demonstration, the air has been sucked out of the sky to give us a black sky so we can actually see the planets that are above us. Why is it that we can't always see the planets? How does our proximity to the sun affect how visible a planet is to us?

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Orrery, c1770 - part 1

This is a close-up of a mechanical model of part of the solar system, commonly known as an orrery, made by renowned London instrument maker Benjamin Martin in about 1770. This bronze model features a cylindrical clockwork mechanism with an orb representing the Sun placed in the centre. Extending from this on an arm is a ...

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Go to the head of the solar system

This is an interactive resource to enable students to test their knowledge of the planets in our solar system. Against a backdrop of the planets of our solar system, it provides a choice of three named planetary bodies, and a statement about the physical attributes or planetary orbits. A correct match has to be made between ...

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Why is Pluto not a planet?

Watch this clip and learn why Pluto was taken off the official list of planets. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki explains the three criteria that must be met before planets can be called planets. What are they?

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Mysteries of the solar system

This is a web resource that contains mysterious photos of various aspects of planets in our solar system and shows how further space exploration helped to explain the mysteries. Each initial image has an engaging title, explains how the image was obtained and why the image was deemed to be mysterious. The subsequent image, ...

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Our world: what is a solar system?

This is a NASA 'Our World' video clip exploring the largest objects found in the solar system. The narrators of the clip include an enthusiastic young student, a synthesised voice and an amateur astronomer who address the issues of what exactly is a solar system and how the major celestial objects making up our solar system ...

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Space explorers: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) investigates the planets in the solar system.Students research, collect and use data about the planets in our solar system, in order to assess their suitability for human settlement.