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Planetary Motion and Kepler's First Law

Planetary motion
In-Booth Demonstration

In-Booth Demonstration

Earth and Space Science

Earth and Space Science


Middle/High School

Play the role of astronomer as you predict the path of two planets orbiting the sun. This activity illustrates the process and results Johannes Kepler used to develop the laws of planetary motion. This activity supports 3-dimensional learning and builds toward the following:

  • NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practice: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • NGSS Core Idea: Earth and Space Sciences 1: Earth’s Place in the Universe; Earth and Space Sciences 1.B: Earth and the Solar System

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