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Comparison of the Sun, Earth, and the Moon

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Comparison of the Sun, Earth, and the Moon

Earth & Space Science

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You get to explore the relationship between our Earth, the sun, and the moon, learning about tides, eclipses, seasons, and ocean currents. Manipulate a sun-Earth-moon model to investigate eclipses.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Compare physical characteristics of sun, Earth and moon, including size, temperature, and the distances between them.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What do the moon and sun look like from Earth?

~ From Earth, the moon looks like a big, rocky sphere, and the sun looks like a bright sphere, which burns gases.

How much water can be found on the surface of the moon?

~ Though there is very little water on the moon, it is thought that there may be enough to support life under emergency circumstances, but not for an extended time.

Why is life on Earth dependent upon the sun?

~ Life on Earth is dependent upon the sun because we rely on the energy produced by the sun's rays for light and heat.

How much larger than the Earth is the sun, and why does it look like it is the same size as the moon?

~ The sun is approximately one million times bigger than the Earth, but it looks to be about the same size as the moon because it is so much farther away than the moon.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the followng terms: atmosphere, distance, and Earth.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary atmosphere, distance, Earth