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Weight on Planets

Name : Weight on Planets

Description :

This activity is a Keystage 3 task that encourages students to calculate their weight on different planets in the Solar System. The activity makes use of algebra and graphs to reinforce ideas about gravity, and is a practical example of how the effects of gravity are dependent on where you are in the Universe.

Age Range : 11 - 14 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

LT image of the planet Saturn


Before starting the activity, you will first need to download the following activity sheet :

Activity Sheet : MS Word Format or PDF Format

NSO Weight Calculator :

You can access the NSO's Weight on another Planet Tool at the following web link:

Start the Weight Calculator


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-29th 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, it will not be possible to register with the website, 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 30th May 2017.