New Mexico Standards
NM.II. Content of Science: Earth and Space Science: Understand the structure of Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth's systems.
II-A. Describe how the concepts of energy, matter, and force can be used to explain the observed behavior of the solar system, the universe, and their structures.
II-A.1a. Understand how energy from the sun and other stars, in the form of light, travels long distances to reach Earth.
II-A.2a. Explain how the properties of light (e.g., emission, reflection, refraction) emitted from the sun and stars are used to learn about the universe, including: distances in the solar system and the universe; temperatures of different stars.
II-A.3a. Understand how gravitational force acts on objects in the solar system and the universe, including: similar action on masses on Earth and on other objects in the solar system; explanation of the orbits of the planets around the sun.