Students are expected to have knowledge of the progression of scientific explanations (geocentric and heliocentric models) for the formation of the solar system. Students should also be able to explain how the Big Bang theory describes the formation of the universe. Students will identify the solar system’s place in the Milky Way Galaxy. Students should understand that objects in the solar system move in a regular and predictable manner. Those motions explain such familiar phenomena as days, years, phases of the Moon, eclipses, and the solar system’s place in the Milky Way Galaxy. Students will understand how gravity governs the motion of planets, comets, and asteroids in the solar system. Students will also be able to compare and contrast the features (i.e., physical characteristics, atmospheric conditions, distance from the Sun, and the ability to support life) of the eight planets in the solar system.
Sun rotation sequence; SOHO images Discovery Education, Image. Discovery Education. Web. 14 August 2017. http://www.discoveryeducation.com