Some students hold misconceptions about the age of the solar system

Earth and Space


Namely, that the solar system formed during the Big Bang, along with the rest of the universe and not much later. They may also use a variety of incorrect constructs to explain the age of the universe and solar system.

Resources to address this

  • The solar system: what do we know?  (11-14)

    Ref - ES03 PN01

    This is a summary of what is know about the solar system.

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The following studies have documented this misconception:

  • Sharp, G, J., () Children's astronomical beliefs: a preliminary study of Year 6 children in south‐west England, International Journal of Science Education, 18 (6)


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