May 26, 2019

Featured Source: Geology of the Solar System

Zoom into this 1997 Geology of the Solar System map to read the text. List the challenges geologists face in mapping the solar system. Choose one planet (Venus, Mercury, Earth, Mars) and summarize what you learned about it from the map. Compare your findings with a peer who chose a different planet. Compare and contrast what you find on one moon from three different systems (Earth, Jovian, Saturnian, Uranian, Neptunian). Alternatively, you may compare three moons from the same system … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Solar System Displayed

This map was published in 1789. Zoom into the map online or using this map document (.pdf) and review "A Table of the Diameters, Periods & of the several Planets in the Solar System". Compare the information in that table to the data scientists have today. Make a new table with the same column headers and fill it in with today's data; identify your data source and make sure it is a reliable one. This map mentions a comet. What information does it provide about the comet? Do some research … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Automatic Asteroid Finder

Use details from the illustration to describe what is happening in this image. Do you think there was an automatic asteroid finder in 1873? Do scientists use automatic asteroid finders today? How do you know or how would you find out? Read the article by Ruth S. Freitag linked to below. What did you learn? In what ways di your review of the text change how you "read" this image? This illustration appeared in the September 19, 1873 edition of the Bavarian satirical weekly, Fleignede … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Systema Solare et Planetarium

This fabulous 18th-century map of the universe was featured in a December, 11, 2012 post about the Geminid meteor shower by Jennifer Harbster for the Library of Congress blog Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business. Be sure to read it! … [Read more...]