Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


This nine and a half minute video segment from Catalyst explains that relatively recently times we have got the technology to look for exoplanets. Astronomers have now uncovered more than 350 planets orbiting other stars. These worlds, known as exoplanets, can be pretty weird places. This program discusses a theory to describes the processes of planet formation.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-12ES) describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU188) The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe

(ACSHE191) Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community

(ACSHE192) Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries

More information

Resource type:
ScOT topics:
Planetary systems
File type:
ABC - Catalyst
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Monday, 21 December 2009

Resource ID: 44663311-8fa5-44fd-8b0e-da3338596935