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Making Moon Craters

October 23, 2012

Today we learned a little more about how craters on the moon are made.  They are made when meteorites smash into the moon’s surface and create craters.  The bigger and faster the object, the larger the crater.  We even learned that the “stuff” (dust, rocks, etc.) that shoot out from a meteorite collision is called “ejecta”.

To simulate the creation of craters, we dropped objects into bowls full of flour.  The students then drew the crater and measured how far the “ejecta” was launched from the impact.

Making moon craters video

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