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written by Doug Hamilton
This web site contains a collection of animations, simulations, and interactive tools for astronomy students. Topics include astronomical distances, gravity comparisons, earth's seasons, solar system collisions, universe timeline, solar system orbital viewers, and more. Calculators allow students to explore parameter in both simple and more complicated orbital systems.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Although the simulators are engaging and easy to use, most are not stand-alone items. Rather, they are intended to supplement a unit of study on astronomy, the solar system, or orbital mechanics. All are appropriate for use in high school; many may be adapted for middle school use.
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Astronomy Workshop Tools:
Contains Astronomy Workshop: Solar System Collisions
An interactive tool for students to see the calculated results of bombarding a planet with an asteroid or comet. Users control velocity and diameter of the impacting object, and also choose its physical composition. Switch from bombardment of Earth to other planets to see how a planet's atmosphere helps protect it.relation by Caroline Hall
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