Solar System Model - the Orrery

Eli Whitney Museum

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Models organize big ideas for scientists and students; they identify and test questions and are ideal tools for thinking. The Earth/Moon Rotation orrery shows our planetary movement around the sun and demonstrates lunar orbit and moon phases when illuminated with an accompanying light.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 5.3: Most objects in the solar system are in a regular and predictable motion.
  • 6.3: Variations in the amount of the sun’s energy hitting the Earth’s surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns.
  • 8.3: The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun.

Meets Common Core Standards

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