Astronomy

Written Assignment 6

 

  1. Compare and contrast the Terrestrial Planets of Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars. In what ways are they similar enough to be classed together and how are they different from one another?

 

Here is what I am looking for in your answer:

Make a heading for each terrestrial planet. Then write about each of the items in the lists below.

 

Mercury

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Venus

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Earth

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Mars

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

  1. Compare and contrast the Jovian Planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. How are they different from the Terrestrial Planets and what are the unique features of each?

 

Here is what I am looking for in your answer:

Make a heading for each Jovian planet. Then write about each of the items in the lists below.

 

Jupiter

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Saturn

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Uranus

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

Neptune

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Size
  3. Density
  4. Internal Composition
  5. Atmosphere?
  6. Magnetic field?
  7. Moons?
  8. Rings?

 

  1. Discuss the minor members of the solar system such as comets, meteors, and asteroids. Include in your answer their origin, properties, and geology, where it applies.

 

Here is what I am looking for in your answer:

Make a heading for each of the minor members of the solar system. Then write about each of the items in the lists below.

 

Comets

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Composition
  3. Size
  4. Where they are thought to originate from
  5. Explain the processes involved in formation of both types of tails

 

Meteors

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Composition
  3. Size
  4. Where they are thought to originate from
  5. Explain the similarities and differences in the following terms:
  6. meteoroid
  7. meteor
  8. meteorite.

 

Asteroids

  1. Location in the solar system
  2. Composition
  3. Size
  4. Where they are thought to originate from
  5. Describe some of their geologic properties

 

  1. Explain the Drake equation and its significance in the effort to locate civilizations on planets other than Earth.

 

Here is what I am looking for in your answer:

  1. What is the Drake equation and what is it used for?
  2. What is the meaning of each term in the Drake equation?
  3. How well do we know each term in the Drake equation?

 

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