HS-ESS1-4

Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.

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  1. Space

    Mysteries about the universe abound, from its beginning to its end

    Scientists have a good understanding of the laws that make our universe tick. But they still don’t quite know how it began — or will end.

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  2. Space

    NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully bumped an asteroid onto a new path

    The spacecraft’s intentional crash into an asteroid changed the space rock’s orbit by more than 30 minutes — far more than expected.

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  3. Planets

    A missing moon could have given Saturn its rings — and tilt

    The hypothetical moon is being called Chrysalis. It could have helped tip the planet over before getting shredded to form Saturn’s rings.

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  4. Space

    NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid — on purpose

    This mission could provide a blueprint for how to deflect a killer asteroid, if one is ever found headed for Earth.

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  5. Planets

    Scientists Say: Habitable Zone

    The habitable zone is the region around a star where temperatures could be right for worlds to host liquid water.

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  6. Space

    Ancient volcanoes may have left ice at the moon’s poles

    Volcanic eruptions billions of years ago may have produced several temporary atmospheres on the moon that held water vapor.

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  7. Space

    Behold: The biggest known comet in our solar system

    This “dirty snowball” in space is about twice as wide as Rhode Island and darker than coal.

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  8. Planets

    Analyze This: Some 5,000 planets orbit stars other than our sun

    A new cache of confirmed exoplanet discoveries marks a milestone in planets found beyond our solar system.

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  9. Space

    Explainer: All about orbits

    A handful of rules can describe the route some object repeatedly takes around another in space. Calculating that path, however, can be quite complex.

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