Chronicle of a Journey to Earth is a tour of the solar system from the outside in, focused on Earth and how it is unique. The viewer learns about each of the planets, as well as the difference between rocky and giant planets, and is introduced to dwarf planets and other objects in the solar system. Once on Earth, the viewer is taught about specific sky events that distinguish Earth from other planets: lunar phases, and lunar and solar eclipses. The viewer also learns about the way that Earth's seasons work and how they depend on Earth's tilt on its axis and its relationship to the Sun. These concepts are woven together into a documentary journey and help relate the information presented in the show to the lives of students, families, and the general public.
Show content is relevant in the following subject areas:
Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science Standards
- objects in the sky: Sun, Moon, planets, moons, rings, comet nuclei, asteroids
- properties of solar system objects
- properties of Earth and Moon
- properties of orbital motions
- properties of eclipses and how they relate to orbital motions
Science as Inquiry
- Understanding the concepts behind the motion of solar system objects
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Earth's place in the solar system and in the Earth-Moon system
- Earth's specific seasons and what we experience (energy in the Earth system)
This show adheres to principles put forth in the National Academy of Sciences' Education Standards published in 1996. For more details, visit the NAS Standards Web site.