Standard #: SC.912.E.5.10


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Describe and apply the coordinate system used to locate objects in the sky.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Standard: Earth in Space and Time - The origin and eventual fate of the Universe still remains one of the greatest questions in science. Gravity and energy influence the development and life cycles of galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the planetary systems, Earth, and residual material left from the formation of the Solar System. Humankind’s need to explore continues to lead to the development of knowledge and understanding of the nature of the Universe.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Related Resources

Lesson Plan

Name Description
Finding the Galactic Center

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to use the astronomical coordinate system of right ascension and declination to locate objects in the sky. For instance, given the values of right ascension and declination of a celestial object (a star, a galaxy, a nebula) and a labeled star chart, the students should be able to note the object's location in the sky. Additionally, students will be able to describe the location of our Solar System in relation to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Virtual Manipulative

Name Description
Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator
  • Observe the orbit of the earth around the sun and its relationship to seasons
  • Understand the factors affecting Earth's climate
  • Observe the effect of Earth's tilt on the seasons

Student Resources

Virtual Manipulative

Name Description
Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator:
  • Observe the orbit of the earth around the sun and its relationship to seasons
  • Understand the factors affecting Earth's climate
  • Observe the effect of Earth's tilt on the seasons


Parent Resources

Virtual Manipulative

Name Description
Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator:
  • Observe the orbit of the earth around the sun and its relationship to seasons
  • Understand the factors affecting Earth's climate
  • Observe the effect of Earth's tilt on the seasons


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