Planets Badgeplanets

(Discover Science and Technology)

Written by Charlotte (R) Duke, Troop 109

Badge idea provided by her brother, Arthur Duke

You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate.


Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *

____1.* Learn what a planet is. A planet is a ball of rock or gasses which orbits a star, and is big enough to dominate its orbit. Know which planet we live on. How is a planet different from a star?


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *

 ____1.* Do Penguin requirement 1. What is the difference between a comet, a moon, and an asteroid?

____2.* Be able to name all eight major planets that orbit our sun. (Pluto is now classed as a “dwarf planet”). Know what the difference is between the “Rocky Midgets” and the “Gas Giants," and where they are located.


Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Make a timeline of events in history relating to planets and their moons, such as when Galileo discovered two of Jupiter's moons, or when the rings around Saturn were discovered. You must have at least ten items on your timeline.


Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least fifteen items on your timeline.

_____2.* Read a biography of a famous person associated with the planets, such as Galileo Galelei. (If you earn this badge again you must read about a different person.)


Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least twenty items on your timeline.

_____2.* Know how far away from the sun our planet is. What is the “Goldilocks zone”? What is a “light-year”?


Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional requirements:

 _____3. Earn the Astronomy badge at your level.

_____4. Watch a documentary or a movie about the planets. Tell your family or troop what you learned.

_____5. Learn about the technology that enables us to learn more about the planets, such as the Hubble telescope or the Mars Mission Rover. Tell your family or troop what you learned.

_____6. Write an essay about the planets and share it with your family or troop.

_____7. Research careers relating to the planets. Examples include an astronaut, a designer or manufacturer of spacecraft, or an astronomer. Butterflies, Eagles, and Owls only: if possible, shadow someone for a day who works in a job that relates to planets.

_____8. Make a scrapbook page, collage, or poster that shows what you learned in earning this badge.

_____9. Learn about the history of NASA. What does N. A. S. A. stand for? What is their official job? Who created NASA?

_____10. Visit a planetarium. Tell your family or troop what you learned.

_____11. Learn about other planetary objects, such as dwarf planets. Be able to name at least three dwarf planets. Also, learn about the moons that orbit certain planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn. Be able to name at least four moons, and know which planet each one orbits. Which planet has the most moons?

_____12. Research famous celestial occurrences in history, such as planetary conjunctions or appearances of Halley's Comet.

_____13. Read a book about the planets. Which planet did you find most interesting to read about?


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Helpful Links

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Learn About Each Planet




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