2 What is a planet?A planet is a celestial body that orbits around the sunWhat does celestial mean?Celestial simply means spaceWhat does orbit mean?Orbit means to travelSo what does that mean?A planet is a large mass that is floating in space by gravity and moves in a circle around the sun
3 What are the planets? There are eight planets in our Solar System: MercuryVenusEarthMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptune
4 MercuryMercury is the closest planet to the sun (36 million miles from the sun)Eighth largest planetThere are craters on the surface of MercuryOrbits around the sun in only 88 daysMercury rotates very slowly, one day in Mercury is 58 Earth DaysHas no moons
5 Venus Second Planet from the sun (67,237,910 miles from the sun) Hottest and brightest of all planetsSometimes call morning starSame size as earthHas craters and volcanoes on the surfaceTakes about 225 days to orbit around the sunSpins backwardsNo moons or rings
6 Earth Third planet from the Sun Fifth largest planet Takes about 365 days (1 year) to orbit around the SunThe surface of Earth is 70% water and plate tectonicsEarth has one Moon (click her for information about the Moon)
7 Mars Fourth Planet from the Sun Called the Red Planet because of it’s red colorA day on Mars is a little over 24 hours (only a little longer than a day on Earth)A year on Mars is 687 days (almost double an Earth year)Mars has two moons Phobos and DiemosThere are craters, volcanoes, and dust storms on Mars
8 Jupiter Fifth planet from the Sun Largest planet in the Solar System Takes 12 Earth years to orbit the Sun483,780,000 miles from the SunJupiter has 60 MoonsJupiter has ringsJupiter is made up of mostly gas unlike the other planets
9 Saturn Sixth Planet from the Sun Second largest planet 941,070,000 miles from the SunTakes 29 Earth years to orbit the sunHas 31 moonsSaturn has rings which are made up of thousands of ice particles the size of a small car
10 Uranus Seventh planet from the sun Icy planet (blue in color) Faint ringsRotates on its side (one pole is facing the Sun so seasons on Uranus last 20 years)takes about 84 Earth years to orbit the SunHas 16 moons178,486,000 miles from the Sun
11 Neptune Eighth planet in the solar system Blue in color with faint ringsMade up of gasHas 13 moonsTakes about 164 Earth years to orbit the Sun2,793,100,000 miles from the SunThe largest moon Triton orbits backwards around Neptune
12 Earth’s Moon A natural Satellite from Earth Only object in Space humans have ever visitedTakes 27 days to orbit the EarthCraters on the surface were caused by meteors smashing into itCauses the ocean tides because of the gravitational pull between Earth and the MoonClick here to go back to Earth
13 Time to take a Quiz!Click on the answer that you think is correct. Don’t worry if you get it wrong you can always try again! Good Luck!
14 Which planet is fourth from the sun? 1. Jupiter2. Venus3. Mars4. Earth
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