Video Our world: moons in our solar system

TLF ID M011992

This is a NASA 'Our World' video clip focusing on the celestial objects that orbit the planets of the solar system. The narrators include an enthusiastic young student and a planetary scientist who provide intriguing information about a variety of moons. The presence of water on some moons raises the possibility that there may be life somewhere else in the solar system. The defining feature of moons (objects that orbit planets) is assumed in the commentary rather than explicitly stated. The NASA eClip is on YouTube and runs for 4 mins 15 secs.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This interesting video clip may support the Earth and space sciences sub-strand of the curriculum for year 5 students, in particular the content description relating to understanding that a solar system consists of orbiting objects. The clip can be utilised by students studying independently or used as a teaching aid.
  • The commentary emphasises the diversity of moons in terms of size, numbers per planet and surface features. The presence of water in either solid or liquid form on some moons is the basis of conjecture about whether life might be present elsewhere in the solar system, which can lead to a discussion on the requirements for life to exist.
  • 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, such as planets and moons.
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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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  • 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.