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CLIP 13901

Stargazing Challenge - Building the Solar System from fruit

Stargazing Challenge - Building the Solar System from fruit
Key Info
  • Stargazing Challenge - Building the Solar System from fruit
  • Duration: 05:44
  • It is hard to imagine the size of the Solar System. Graphics are shown and Helen Czerski gives children the job of making a large scale model. They use different sized fruit to represent the planets. Jupiter is a watermelon, Mercury is a peppercorn and the sun is a giant ball. The children use a roll of toilet paper to mark out the distance. Each piece represents 16 million kilometres.
  • Subject:



    The Earth and Beyond

  • Keywords: Stargazing, Stargazing challenge, Solar System, Sun, planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, space, Neptune, scale model, size
Ideas for use in class
  • This can be used to show what the Solar System looks like. It is a good starting point before making your own scale model or as an introduction before discussing the Earth, Sun and Moon. It reinforces the names and order of the planets in the Solar System. In this model, the scale used for the size of the planets is different from that used for the distance between the planets. If this was not done, the planets would be much too small.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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