Toolkit Hack: Illustrate Opposition
Download the full resolution version with Jerelyn's additions here.
 
Want a quick and easy way to illustrate what opposition is for Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, or other outer worlds? Jerelyn Ramirez of the Kansas Astronomical Observers created a toolkit hack using our "Exploring the Solar System" worksheet to do that! Jerelyn says:
 
"With the opposition of Jupiter and Saturn coming up, I thought it was a cool way for the beginner/novice members to understand what opposition means.
 
I slightly modified the Exploring the Solar System handout sheet to include the placement of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn with colored X's. I marked an X where Jupiter and the Earth are in opposition and another X where Saturn and the Earth are when they are in opposition in their orbit. I explained the Earth will have moved that far in 6 days. I instruct them to take a ruler and see how they line up with the Sun and each of the colored X's respectfully. Then point out this is what we call opposition. Jupiter will be at opposition on July 14, and Saturn July 20. If they print it out they can better understand it to see how the Sun, Earth, and each planet of Jupiter, and Saturn line up and it is called opposition."
 
You can download and print Jerelyn's example worksheet at: 
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/docs/ExploringtheSolarSystem.pdf
 
You can download the original handout and make your own modifications at:
https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=243

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Last Updated: July 15, 2020
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