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Participants in this activity use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space.

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Hints for uses in your library This activity was developed as part of a toolkit for museum staff and includes a suite of online resources in English and Spanish to engage learners in any setting. Engage teens and adults in this simple demo when paired with a book club or hands-on activity on the related concepts of orbits in space or how the Moon creates tides on Earth (e.g., Dance of the Moon and Oceans, http://clearinghouse.starnetlibraries.org/earth/88-dance-of-the-moon-and-oceans.html).
Related Links Zip file with activity instructions and images in English and Spanish
"Our Restless Tides," National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
"Cosmic pirouette" of the Earth and Moon filmed by NASA's Juno spacecraft
Pluto and Charon
Planet Discoverers/Non-Crazy People
Planet Families digital game
Originating Source The Science Museum of Minnesota
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What If the Moon Didn't Exist?: Voyages to Earths That Might Have Been, by Neil F. Comins
What If the Earth Had Two Moons?: And Nine Other Thought-Provoking Speculations on the Solar System, by Neil F. Comins

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Objects in Motion

Objects in Motion

Participants in this activity use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space.