In this project you will be assigned 1 planet in our solar system and you will do research about that planet either with a partner or alone.
- Answer all the questions listed below in a separate word document and submit on Turnitin.
- The research section is due on Thursday, January 24th.
The following must be addressed:
- The Planet’s Name: How did the planet get its name? What does it mean? (Many planets were named after mythological Gods).
- Jovian or Terrestrial Planet? In other words, is it rocky or gassy?
- Planet’s Discovery: What was the date that it was discovered? Who discovered the planet?
- Planet’s Size: How big is your planet? How does it rate in terms of the other planets in terms of size (biggest, smallest): What is your planet’s mass?
- Position in the Solar System: Where is your planet located (for example, Mars in the fourth planet from the Sun)? How far from the Sun does it orbit? Is its orbit unusual?
6. Rotation on its Axis: How long does it take for your planet to rotate on its own axis? (This is one day on your planet.)
- Gravity: What is the force of gravity at the surface of your planet? For example, what would a 100-pound person weigh on that planet?
8. Orbit: How long does it take for your planet to orbit the Sun? (This is one year on your planet.)
9. Atmosphere: What is the composition of the atmosphere of your planet? Is it a thick or a thin atmosphere?
10. Temperature: What is the temperature range on your planet?
11. Composition of Your Planet and its Appearance: What type of planet is it (is it rocky or a gas giant)? What is its internal composition? What does your planet look like?
12. Moons: If there are moons orbiting your planet, describe them.
13. Rings: If there are rings orbiting your planet, describe them.
14. How Would a Human Being Fare on Your Planet: On your planet, would a person choke in the atmosphere, be squashed by the extreme gravity, float with ease, freeze, burn up, or something else?
15. Something Special: Is there anything special about your planet? This can often be the best part of the report, taking you off on interesting topics. For example, are there 100-year-long storms on your planet? Are there giant volcanoes? Does your planet have a much tilted axis (giving it extreme seasons)? Have spacecraft visited your planet? If so, what have they discovered? Is your planet in an orbital resonance with another body?
16. Citations: All research is to be properly cited using MLA citations.