Jupiter, the failed star…

Phenomenal Things Happen Every Day

In learning about stars and planets quite a while ago, I realized that gas giants aren’t so different from stars. Both are made from helium and hydrogen. [Click here to see for yourself!] It seemed like the only difference was that stars were bigger. I wondered if there was something else separating gas giants from stars. Could a gas giant like Jupiter become a star? #space #stars #nuclearfusion #scaleproportionandquantity #energyandmatter

Possible Standard Connections

5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.

MS-ESS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

MS-PS2-4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

HS-ESS1-1 Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.

HS-ESS1-3 Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.


What Do You Think?

I’ve suggested a few ways to connect this phenomenon to the standards, but I’m sure there’s many more creative ways I’ve missed! How would you tie this phenomenon to your curriculum? 

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