STUDENT INSTRUCTION AND ANSWER SHEET
Activity 6: Recently Discovered Planets
In this activity we will investigate real
data corresponding to new planets that have been discovered outside our Solar System.
Refer to the data found (half way down the page) in the table #1 titled
"Confirmed Planets" at: http://www.obspm.fr/encycl/catalog.html
A. Examine the first 6 planets in the table. In the space below, state whether or not the companion planet can support Earth-like life. To assist you in making this determination use the Planet Classification Flowchart. For planets that fail the test, state the major factors that keep them from being candidates for Earth-like life.
B. Could any of the planets you have listed have an orbiting Earth-like moon that could support life? List any possible candidates and explain your reasoning for each.