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The Orbiter Model is a scientific working unit representing the sun, earth, and moon and their relationships. The Orbiter is designed to demonstrate basic earth and moon motions and to explain the causes of day and night, seasons, and phases of the moon.
Basic Investigations with the Orbiter are:
How the earth's rotation causes day and night
How the earth's revolution around the sun and the tilt of its axis causes seasons
Why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west
Why there is a midnight sun
Why there are eclipses and more
Numerous study project and experiments may be conducted with Orbiters to expand interest and increase knowledge of the subject. Several ideas and projects are suggested.
Special Notice: The arm, the Earth and the Moon of this orbiter rotate manually around the Sun. The tilt of the Earth is kept in a static position as it is rotated.
Size: 25.5" x 16" x 10.50"
Weight 5.31 lbs
Grades 3 - 12
Made by American Educational Products
This model can be plugged into a standard wall outlet (UL approved €“ 6' power cord) to illuminate the Sun to effectively demonstrate daylight, night, seasons, and phases of the Moon. The Sun, Earth and Moon manually revolve around one another on this gear-driven model. The earth and moon are shown in true scale. The scale is 1 inch = 2000 miles. If the sun were to be shown at the same scale, it would be approximately 36 feet in diameter! Arm is 15", Sun is 6", and the Earth is 4" in diameter. This 8 page Lesson Plan includes basic investigations and activities on the following topics.
Day and Night
Observations and Activities
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