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Astronomy Module 6

Inspire Science Module 6 Astronomy Voabulary

asteroid one of many small, rocky objects between Mars and Jupiter
black hole an object whose gravity is so strong that light cannot escape it
comet a mixture of ice, frozen gases, rock, and dust left over from the formation of the solar system
constellation any of the patterns that are formed by a group of stars in the night sky
gravity the force of attraction between any two objects due to their mass
inertia the tendency of a moving object to keep moving in a straight line or of any object to resist a change in motion
lunar eclipse a situation that occurs when Earth, the Sun, the Moon are in a straight line and Earth’s shadow falls across the Moon
light year the distance light travels in a year
meteor a chunk of rock from space that travels through Earth’s atmosphere
nebula a huge cloud of gas and dust in space that is the first stage of star formation
orbit the path one object travels around another object
phase the appearance of the shape of the Moon at a particular time
rotation a complete spin on an axis
revolution one complete trip of one object around another object
star an object in space that produces its own energy, including heat and light
satellite a natural or artificial object in space that circles around another object
solar eclipse a blocking of the Sun’s light that happens when Earth passes through the Moon’s shadow
supernova a star that has produced more energy than gravity can hold together and has exploded
white dwarf a star that can no longer turn helium into carbon; it cools and shrinks, becoming very small and dense
tide the regular rise and fall of the water level along a shoreline
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