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This webpage describes and explains Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion. It uses an animation to demonstrate Kepler's three Laws with brief explanations included. Users may select the different laws.

This is part of the How Things Fly website and includes a "Did You Know" fact, a quiz question, the answer to a student question, and a tool for students to submit questions.
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Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Kepler's Laws
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Kepler's Laws
= Orbits
- Informal Education
- Middle School
- Elementary School
- Instructional Material
= Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- General Publics
- Learners
- application/flash
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Metadata instance created August 21, 2013 by Zachary Davis
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Cause and effect

Author: Richard Piccioni
Posted: September 11, 2013 at 12:57AM
Source: The PSRC collection

I'm not sure the word "because" is especially well-chosen here, relating speed to the strength of the gravitational force.

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(Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, 2012), WWW Document, (http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion).
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How Things Fly: Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, 2012), <http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion>.
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How Things Fly: Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion. (2013, May 30). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. How Things Fly: Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion. Washington: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, May 30, 2013. http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion (accessed 20 April 2014).
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How Things Fly: Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion. Washington: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 2012. 30 May 2013. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/kepler%E2%80%99s-laws-orbital-motion>.
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