Second Years Lesson 5

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Professor Harrington loved teaching her students and she enjoyed teaching them about the planets but most already knew the information she had to teach about planets, asteroids is going to be a newer subject for the students. "This week we are going to be studying asteroids. Now asteroid quite literally means star-like because the first spotted from Earth were faint lights in the night time sky, but they moved through celestial sphere much faster than stars."

Professor Harrington moved to the front of the classroom glad to not have to write out so much this week on the board, but did have a few images for the students to follow. "Now, asteroids are rocky objects, sometimes with various make ups of carbon, metals and frozen water that orbit stars like our Sun. They are found throughout the solar system. The largest known Ceres, also known as a dwarf planet, which is 1000km across and others smaller than your heads," Professor Harrington said getting ready to pull up her first image on the front wall of the classroom

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"Now, most are found between Mars and Jupiter, which is referred to as the main asteroid belt. The Professor paused a moment to let the students reflect her words before continuing. For those of you acquainted with muggle movies asteroid belts aren't the same daring struggle to flew through as you might think. Asteroids belts have millions of asteroids true but reasonably sized asteroids are typically millions of kilometers apart. If you were to stand on one most likely you wouldn't see another with your naked eye."

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Yellow rings are planets the outermost is Jupiter. White dots are the main asteroid belt.
"Another new term is, Kirkwood Gap, is a gap or dip in the distribution of the orbits of main-belt asteroids. They are caused from Jupiter pulling asteroids outward, creating rings of asteroids within the belt, very similar to the rings of Saturn." Professor Harrington changed the image on the board to represent this new term. "Grouping asteroids in these rings is one way to classify the asteroids," Professor Harrington hardly noticed that she'd gone into another lecture once again.

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Settling into his seat for the next Astronomy lesson, Rhys wasn't sure what to expect. But at least this lesson sounded interesting, asteroids were not really something that had been covered back in school, so he supposed he might actually learn something this time around. Quietly pulling out his things, the boy kept his eyes down on the page in front of him as he went started taking his notes, occasionally glancing up to see if anything new had been added to the board. He was sure this was going to be on the exam at the end of the semester, so he wanted to try and make sure he had the best notes he possibly could so it was easier to study from. At the end of the lesson, he felt confident he had gotten everything important down, slipping his things back into his bag before standing and exiting the classroom.
 

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Once again, Celia was utterly unsurprised to hear the topic of today's lecture. The asteroid belts were the only thing left to cover in the solar system, and it made sense that they would be learning about them today. Still, she couldn't help but wish they could do some stargazing (or planetgazing) instead. This was all material she already knew, and she didn't see how knowing about space rocks would help her in the future.

Despite her frustration with the lesson subject, Celia made sure to take careful notes of everything Professor Harrington was saying. After all, she still had an exam she needed to ace. The information about the Kirkwood Gap was new; she had been expecting Professor Harrington to introduce the Kuiper Belt instead. Celia made a few notes about the way asteroids were pulled into different rings. She supposed the lecture hadn't been a complete waste of time.
 

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Kita forced a smile on her face as she began to climb the stairs to the Astronomy tower. Another lesson that would probably completely waste her time. This semester had been a complete joke. She could not believe she had to take such classes. Next year she would be a third year. That would help things be different, different classes that she got to choose. The young Slytherin girl would probably not be taking this class again. She just had to survive a few more classes. Kita entered the classroom, taking a seat in the front row as if she was interested in the topic matter.

Of course this could not be farther from the truth. Yet again they were talking about something that Kita did not really care about. At least it was new information though. That was slightly helpful. Kita tried to look focused and engaged. She took out her parchment, quill, and ink. Carefully taking notes and looking up at any display the professor was completed. She even nodded her head along with the lecture, making eye contact when she could with the professor. She did not let her smile fall.

It wasn't until the end of the lesson that Kita actually had a true smile on her face. She packed up her notes neatly, placing all her items in her bag. She was getting closer to the end of the year, end of having to take this class. that was truly a happy feeling. The young Slytherin, once completely packed up, waved goodbye to the professor and left the tower.
 

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