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Distance From the Sun

Experiment #32 from Elementary Science with Vernier

Education Level
Elementary School


Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you were on another planet looking back at the sun? In this activity, you will use the Light Probe to get an idea of how much light the planets would receive.


In this activity, you will

  • Make a simulation of the planets of our solar system to scale.
  • Measure the amount of light from a light source at different distances.
  • Draw conclusions about conditions on other planets.

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