Video Our world: what is a solar system?

TLF ID M011991

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 can be compared and classified. The focus of the clip is on size and the key differences between planets and moons. The NASA eClip is on YouTube runs for 5 mins 59 secs.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This engaging video clip supports the Earth and space sciences sub-strand of the science curriculum for year 5 students, in particular the content description relating to understanding that Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star, the Sun. The clip can be utilised by students studying independently or used as a teaching aid.
  • The video also shows a chart that orders the 88 largest components of the solar system according to size, which would prove useful for students to model the relative sizes of planets.
  • The resource may contribute to students attaining that element of the year 5 achievement standard that involves describing the key features of the solar system.
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Learning area
  • Science

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  • Name: NASA
  • Organization: NASA
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  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: NASA
  • Organization: NASA
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  • Address: UNITED STATES
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed free of charge for noncommercial educational purposes without further permission from NASA. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. Key image by Jesse Allen, NASA’s Earth Observatory using data courtesy of the MODIS Land Group.