Making a Cosmic Calendar

Directions:

  1. Predict when, on a one-year calendar, each event would occur. (1 pt. each)
  2. Working with others, use the Internet to determine the approximate times ago the events happened. Use reputable sources (NOT Wikipedias) and look for independent confirmation. (1 pt. each)
  3. As a group, calculate the placement of each event on a one-year calendar. If more than one event happens during one model “day,” calculate and include the time. (1 pt. each)
  4. Individually mark the events and dates on your calendar. (2 pt. each)
  5. Individually, write a short report on the reverse side of this paper. Neatness counts. (25 pts.)

  If “now” is 11:59:59 p.m. December 31, 2016

Event
Prediction
(Month and day)
How many years ago?
Calculated Date
on the Cosmic Calendar
1. Big Bang Jan. 1 at 12:00:01 a.m. 13.82 billion Jan. 1 at 12:00:01 a.m.
       
2. first hydrogen atoms form      
       
3. first stars form      
       
4. first globular clusters form      
       
5. first galaxies form      
       
6. our Sun begins fusing hydrogen      
       
7. the Earth forms      
       
8. the Moon forms      
       
9. life appears on Earth      
       
10. dinosaurs appear      
       
11. dinosaurs disappear      
       
12.  light we see today      
     left the Andromeda Galaxy      
       
13. first Homo Sapiens      
       
14. light we see today left      
       Sag A*      
       
15. first man on the Moon      
       
16. your birth      
       
17. right now Dec. 31 at 11:59:59 p.m. 0 seconds Dec. 31 at 11:59:59 p.m.
       

Create a 75 to 100-word description of what you learned about the history of the universe in this activity. Write at least two paragraphs, and include 1) how you determined a website was trustworthy, 2) how close or how off your predictions were, 3) a specific event or two that surprised you with their placement on the model calendar, and 4) your thoughts about the history of the universe as a whole.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s