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Imagine Alien Worlds: The Hunt for Earth Twins (Exoplanets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we unique and alone in the Universe? Explore the diversity of planets around other stars, learn about on-going and future projects aimed at discovering Earth twins, and experience how to turn your students into planet hunters! Believe it or not, humans are NOT at the center of the Universe. From the history of our shift from geocentric to a heliocentric view to building a scale model of our solar system and the Trappist 1 solar system to the variety of ways we detect exoplanets and finally, exploring the habitable (Goldilocks) zone to find Earth twins, this workshop lets you engage your students with this cutting edge science!

Special thanks to UArizona Dr. Ilaria Pascucci who co-sponsored and hosted this workshop with support from NASA and NSF grants.

Detecting Exoplanets - Activity 3

Detecting Exoplanets – Activity 3

In this activity, students will first familiarize with the ZOONIVERSE project named “Planet Hunters TESS” and learn how to spot a transiting planet in a star lightcurve. Next, they will inspect a specific lightcurve and ...
Exoplanets: Strange New Worlds - Lecture 2

Exoplanets: Strange New Worlds – Lecture 2

An introduction to exoplanets ...
Finding Habitable Planets - Activity 4

Finding Habitable Planets – Activity 4

In this activity, students will learn that stars have different properties, such as temperature, size, and lifespan. They will also learn that stellar properties determine the conditions for planets around them, hence affect which planets ...
Habitable Zone - Lecture 4

Habitable Zone – Lecture 4

An introduction to the habitable zone and the factors that impact it ...
How to Detect Exoplanets - Lecture 3

How to Detect Exoplanets – Lecture 3

An introduction to the various techniques used to detect exoplanets ...
Our Solar System - Lecture 1

Our Solar System – Lecture 1

An introduction to our solar system ...
Scaled Solar System - Activity 1

Scaled Solar System – Activity 1

In this activity, students will explore the vastness of the distances between planets in our Solar System and learn about the planets’ relative sizes by creating a classroom scale model of the Solar System ...
Scaled Trappist-1 Planetary System - Activity 2

Scaled Trappist-1 Planetary System – Activity 2

In this activity, students will compare the architecture of our Solar System with that of the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. This system surrounds a star that is less than a tenth of the Sun’s ...

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