Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Jupiter Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you know about Jupiter and its place in the solar system?
  • How does knowing about other planets help us understand Earth?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 1:36: What is the relationship between mass, matter, and gravity?
  • Timecode 3:08: What are the stages by which Jupiter’s gas atmosphere becomes compressed into liquid?
  • Timecode 4:36: How are Jupiter’s distinctive zones and bands formed?
  • Timecode 5:43: Why does Jupiter have so many moons, and why do you think more moons were recently discovered?


  • What is something new you learned about Jupiter?
  • What are the chances that humans will be able to inhabit Jupiter in the future?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments