Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Week 2: Looking at moons

Introduction

Like planets, moons can have an internal layered structure: a core, mantle and crust. At Jupiter and beyond, the outer part of each moon is ice that behaves like rock. How do moons get their names?

Jess gives you a heads up on what to expect this week.

Download this video clip.Video player: moons_1_vid016.mp4
Copy this transcript to the clipboard
Print this transcript
Show transcript|Hide transcript
 
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • recognise the structure of a moon and what it’s made of
  • understand the significance of ice, and its different forms, in the moons of the outer solar system
  • understand how a moon’s surface is altered by comet or meteorite impact.

If you wanted to look into this further, you might find the following links of interest:

  • 10 things you should know about moons [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] In December 2015, Oxford University Press invited David Rothery to describe ten key points about moons on video. Here is the result. It sums up much of week 1, and introduces a few things that have not yet come up.
  • Planets and moons chat recording. The recording our of live webcast made on Weds 9 March 2016, 19:30-20:15 GMT can be viewed at this link (you will see the video stream only, not the ‘voting widgets’)

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371