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Exploring the Universe

Curriculum Target Grade(s): 9

Suitable for Grades: 9-12

Exploring the Universe examines some of the big questions in science: Where did the universe come from? What is it made of? How do we know what we know? How has our understanding changed throughout human history? We’ll use the Planetarium’s DIGISTAR software to explore the planets and stars, visit distance galaxies, and use Canadian technology to see the universe in a different light.



Grade 9

Cluster 4: Exploring the Universe

  • S1-4-03: Investigate how various cultures used knowledge of the position and motion of visible celestial objects for navigation.
  • S1-4-04: Compare and contrast historical perspectives on the relationship between Earth and space.
  • S1-4-05: Explain the apparent motion of the Sun, stars, planets, and the Moon as seen from Earth.
  • S1-4-06: Differentiate between units of measure used for astronomical distances, and perform simple calculations using these units.
  • S1-4-07: Compare and contrast scientific and cultural perspectives on the origin and evolution of the universe.
  • S1-4-08: Differentiate between the major components of the universe. Include: planets, moons, comets and asteroids, nebulae, stars, galaxies, black holes.
  • S1-4-09: Explain how various technologies have extended our ability to explore and understand space.
  • S1-4-11: Evaluate the impact of space science and technologies in terms of their benefits and risks to humans.


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