Explain why the planets orbit the sun in nearly circular paths.
Earth and Space Sciences
Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Composition and Structure
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Compare and contrast properties and conditions of objects in the solar system to those on Earth.
Explain how gravity is the major force in the formation of the planets, stars, and the solar system.
Describe gravity as a major force in determining the motions of planets, stars, and the solar system.
Relate planetary size and distance in our solar system using an appropriate scale model.
Describe and differentiate comets, asteroids and meteors.