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Speed of Planet's Activity

Name : Speed of Planets

Description :

This activity is a Keystage 3/4 project to calculate the speed of the planets. The task involves using data from the Solar System section of the website to calculate the speed at which planets orbit around the Sun. More advanced students can use a scatter graph of the results to look for any correlation between orbital speed and distance.

Age Range : 11 - 16 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

LT image of the planet Saturn


For this activity you will need to download a set of teacher notes, an activity sheet, a worked example and the answer sheet.

Teacher Notes : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Activity Sheet : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Worked Example : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Answer Sheet : MS Word Format or PDF Format


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.