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Detecting Planet Transits

Detecting Planet Transits (PDF, 1.46 MB)(2008; for grades 6–8) Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

Photo of Venus Transit (by Becky Lowder; click on image for bigger version):

This is part of the GEMS Space Science Sequence for grades 6–8 (Sessions 4.5 andf 4.6) published in 2008.

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