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1.List the inner planets. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars 2. List the outer planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto 3. a. Which planets are terrestrial?

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1 1.List the inner planets. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars 2. List the outer planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto 3. a. Which planets are terrestrial? Inner planets b. What does terrestrial mean? Made of rock or land. 4.What planets are Jovian? Why? Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune All are made of gas.

2 5.Which planet is neither terrestrial or Jovian? Pluto 6.How does Mercurys period of rotation compare to its period of revolution? It takes less time for Mercury to pass through a year than it does to go through 2 days. 1 year = 88 Earth days; 1 day = 59 Earth days 7.Why is it difficult to observe Mercurys surface from Earth? Because it is too close to the sun (sun too bright). 8.Which body in the solar system is Mercurys surface and atmosphere similar to? Earths moon 9.Why do scientists believe that Venus has tectonic activity? Because of radar images of Venuss surface.

3 10. Describe what happens to Venus as a result of its thick carbon dioxide layer. The Greenhouse Effect 11. When is Mercury visible? As the morning star at sunrise or the evening star at sunset. 12. When Venus is visible as the morning star, where is it located in relationship to the sun? West of the Sun 13. How are Earth and Mars alike? They both have a similarly tilted axis, seasons and polar ice caps. 14. Why do scientists think Mars once had water? The Valles Marineris (canyon) looks like it was created by water erosion.

4 15. What type of structure are Jovian planets thought to have? Three-layered (rock core, liquid mantle, and outer layer of hydrogen & helium gas) 16. What do all Jovian planets have in common? Made of H and He Larger than terrestrial Gas Planets 17. What characteristic do the Jovian ring systems have? Particles orbit independently. They are closer to the planets than any major moons. They are centered over the planets equator.

5 18. How much heat does Jupiter radiate? More than it absorbs from the sun. 19. What causes Jupiters auroras? The interaction between its magnetic field and the solar wind. 20. How are Saturns colored bands oriented? They are parallel to Saturns equator. 21. Compare Jupiter and Saturn by the following traits: TraitsJupiterSaturn Magnetic FieldStrongerWeaker Winds SpeedsWeakerStronger Light receivedMoreLess Colored BandsMoreLess

6 22. How do the daytime and nighttime temperatures compare on Uranus? They are about the same. 23. How is Uranuss axis oriented? The axis is horizontal so south pole points toward Sun. 24. Why can scientists accurately measure the rotation rate of Uranus? Its magnetic field & rotational axis points in different directions. 25. Describe Plutos orbit. The distance from the sun varies more than any other planet. 26. What are satellites? Any object (natural or artificial) that orbits another body.

7 27. List and describe the moons of Mars. Phobos and Deimos are irregularly shaped and marked with impact craters. 28. Which planets lack satellites? Mercury and Venus. 29. What do geologists believe caused the grooves on the lighter areas of Jupiters moon, Ganymede? Movement of crystal plates of ice. 30. Describe Jupiters moon, Io. The surface varies in color from yellow to orange-red; The atmosphere contains sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) Io has erupting volcanoes.

8 31. What is the most abundant gas in Titans atmosphere? 90 to 100% nitrogen 32. How is Saturns moon, Titan, different from all other moons in our solar system? Titan has an atmosphere. 33. Which of Uranuss moons has huge, faulted valleys? Titania 34. Which of Uranuss moons has an unusual dark surface? Umbriel 35. Uranuss moon with the partly flooded craters. Oberon

9 36. Which of Uranuss moons has a cratered surface with crisscrossed with valleys and faults? Ariel 37. The moon of Uranus with the V-shaped grooves and parallel ridges over the surface. Miranda 38. What is the name of Plutos moon? Charon 39. How did Fred Whipple describe the nucleus of a comet after observing Comet Halley in 1986? A dirty snowdrift (prior to this described them as dirty snowballs).

10 40. Why was a comet named after Edmund Halley? He correctly predicted its return. 41. When does a comet develop a tail? When it comes close to the sun. 42. Where is a comets tail relative to the sun? It always points away from the sun. The solar wind blows it away from the sun. 42. Where is the densest part of a comet? At the center. 43. What is Ceres? When was Ceres discovered? The largest asteroid. This spherical asteroid was discovered in 1801.

11 45. In what way are asteroids like planets? They are similar in their direction of revolution around the sun. 46. Why does Earth regularly experience meteor showers? In the Earths path around the sun, it regularly enters meteor swarms. 47. Put the following terms in the correct order of development: Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid. Meteoroid, meteor, meteorite. 48. List the meteorite types in order from most common to least common. Stones, irons, stony-irons.

12 49. On which continent have most meteorites been found since 1969? Antarctica 50. How was the Barringer Meteorite crater believed to have formed? The Earth was struck by an iron meteorite. 51. Why are impact craters common surface features on Mercury and many moons in the solar system? Mercury and most moons have little or no atmosphere and are geologically inactive (no volcanoes, etc.) The Barringer Meteorite Crater (also known as "Meteor Crater") is a gigantic hole in the middle of the arid sandstone of the Arizona desert. A rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, rises 150 feet above the level of the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly a mile wide, and 570 feet deep.

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