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12 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:24
    • 2. Where do We Live?

      4:30
    • 3. How is Brightness Measured?

      7:53
    • 4. Mercury

      8:09
    • 5. Venus

      5:46
    • 6. Mars

      5:47
    • 7. Jupiter

      5:28
    • 8. Saturn

      5:42
    • 9. Uranus

      7:28
    • 10. Neptune

      4:30
    • 11. Pluto

      4:21
    • 12. Final Thoughts

      0:24

Project Description

For your class project, tell my your story about when you found the planets for the first time. The moment you first see Jupiter is unforgettable and I want to hear about it.

Here's my class project!

Mercury: December 2014 I saw Mercury when it was coupled very close with Venus. It was in the sunset sky around 5:30 on a chilly December evening. 

Venus: The same evening I saw Mercury, just Venus had much more to offer. It was brighter and I was thrilled!

Mars: At the time Mars was creeping lower and lower every night. I went outside and saw the red planet for the first time at 6:30ish December 2014. Mars was fairly bright and had a distinct red color.

Jupiter: Now this one I will never forget. Jupiter was the first planet I ever saw, so it was a pretty big deal. Before I headed out for my bus stop, I noticed Jupiter was very close to the moon. Since I never saw a planet before, I didn't know what to expect. I thought the moon would increase my chances. I stepped outside and...WOW!!! There was Jupiter undeniably bright!

Saturn: Here's another WOW moment. I saw Saturn with my unaided eye for about 5 months before I peered at it through a telescope. Just seeing in with the unaided eye was a big deal, but the telescope view was so much more. I just stared in awe at how astronomical it was.

Uranus: I saw Uranus in my backyard when it had a very close pairing with the moon. After seeing it once, I could then find it anywhere. I loved the blue hue Uranus gives through a telescope.

Neptune: I saw Neptune just after it rose above the waters of my lake. It wasn't at cool and Uranus, but the thought that I found the farthest planet blew my mind!

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