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Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

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5 Summary

This week you learned about the nature of orbits and how the Earth’s orbit is responsible for its phases. You also learned about the origins of the Moon, and how tidal heating occurs as a result of the Moon’s rotation and orbit. Next week you’ll find out more about moons, including what they are made of.

You should now be able to:

  • understand the nature of orbits and how the Earth’s orbit is responsible for its phases
  • understand how tidal heating occurs as a result of the Moon’s rotation and orbit
  • describe various theories to explain the Moon’s origin.

You can now go to Week 2: Looking at moons [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .