The Best of the Solar System

Part I - Observing the Images

The staff at the Cyber-Center have gathered some of the most interesting and important images of the Solar System for you to study. Pick the ten images you like the best.

Carefully observe the images. Look for shapes, patterns, and colors. Is it bright or dark; smooth or rough; solid, liquid, or gas? Try to make inferences (guesses) about the features and planets based on your observations. What kind of matter do you think the image shows?  What solar system object might it be?

Keep detailed notes. In your journal, list the image number, describe what you see, and tell what you think the image shows. Skip about six lines after your description of each image for Part II of this assignment.

Sample Journal Entry: The surface appears to be solid. 
There are many dark, circular areas of different sizes
on the surface. They look like craters. The sides around
the craters seem to be higher and brighter than the dark
center. The areas around the craters look smoother than 
the rest of the surface. I think this image shows a close
-up view of the surface of the Moon.

Check your work. Read your descriptions to your peers (other students working with you). See if they can recognize the image from your description. If not, add more details and revise your descriptions.

Image 1 Image 1 Image 2 Image 2 Image 3 Image 3

Image 4 Image 4 Image 5 Image 5 Image 6 Image 6

Image 7 Image 7 Image 8 Image 8 Image 9 Image 9 Image 10 Image 10

Image 11 Image 11 Image 12 Image 12 Image 13 Image 13

Image 14 Image 14 Image 15 Image 15 Image 16 Image 16

Image 17 Image 17  Image 18 Image 18 Image 19 Image 19

Image 22 Image 20 Image 20 Image 21 Image 21 Image 22  

Image 23 Image 23

Go to Part II, Researcher's Description

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