Lesson scenarios

SuperEarths and searching life beyond Solar System
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SuperEarths and searching life beyond Solar System

Super-Earths are extrasolar planets larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune. They usually move very close to their home star. Their orbit resembles that of Mercury or may be smaller Some of them move much further, in particular inside the habitable zone, i.e. in a place where water, if it occurs on its surface, may be in a liquid state. Given the fact that they are probably planets made up of components similar to Earth, they can be a potential place for life.

The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the methods of discovering extrasolar planets, to indicate those exoplanets (in particular Super-Earths) where favorable conditions for the existence of life may occur.

Materials:

Lessons outline - SuperEarths and searching life beyond Solar System_2021

Worksheet - SuperEarths and searching life beyond Solar System

Ecospheres

Super-Earths_presentation

Movies:

gravitational_microlensing

astrometry

direct_imaging

radial_velocity

transit_method_single_planet

Life in orbit
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Life in orbit

Interdisciplinary lessons concern:

  • short history of Space Age,
  • inventions hailing from space technologies,
  • observation ISS (International Space Station) and other satellites flying over the night sky,
  • watching Earth from the ISS,
  • orbital motion principle,
  • perform free fall and hydrostatic pressure loss experiment,
  • perform the Newton’s cannon experiment.

Materials:

Life in orbit - lesson outline