The Solar System Sean Redmond - Student Teacher A Presentation by Mrs. Pettit’s Class May 9. 2003
The Sun By Lynlea & Kathryn The Sun is a hot and bright star. No part of the sun is solid or liquid. You can fit more than 1 thousand Earths in the sun. Light travels at a speed of about 186,000 miles per second. The sun has sun spots that are colder than the sun. The sun is the center of the solar system.
Mercury By Dusty & Julia Mercury is the hottest planet because it is the closest to the Sun. Mercury is a tanned planet. Mercury is a dead planet. Mercury has craters. Mercury has a year of 88 earth days. At night, the temperature drops to -300 degrees colder than our south pole. Mercury is hot and cold at the same time.
Venus By Greg & Brandon Venus is the second planet from the sun. Venus has no moons. Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Venus is a small, rocky planet blanketed in a thin layer of yellowish clouds. Venus’s surface is very hot, about 400 degrees Celsius! Its distance from the sun is about 67,250,000 miles.
Earth By Barbara & Andrew Earth is the third planet from the sun. Earth is the only planet with water and air. The Earth is the only planet with life. The planet Earth spins and rotates. One rotation takes one day, or 24 hours. When the Earth spins, it makes night and day.
Our Moon By Brandon & Jeffrey The moon has craters. The moon’s surface is like powder. It has the American flag on it. The moon has no water or life. The moon is the Earth’s closest neighbor in space, about 1/4 of a million miles away. The moon has 8 phases. The moon is a quarter of the Earth’s size.
Mars By Corey Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. After Earth, Mars is the most likely planet to support life. Water may have run all over Mars long ago. Dust storms whip around Mars. It was named for Greek and Roman gods of war. The name of the month March comes from the planet Mars. Did you know that a 100 pound object on Earth would weigh 85 pounds on Mars?
Jupiter By Samantha & Alex Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun. Did you know that Jupiter is made of gases and liquids that swirl around? Jupiter has many moons orbiting it’s cloudy surface. Jupiter is the largest planet. Jupiter has 16 moons. Jupiter has a Great Red Spot.
Saturn By Nick & Alex Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun. Saturn is made of materials lighter then water. Saturn is the second largest planet. Saturn has 18 moons. It is 885,200,000 miles away from the sun. Its normal temperature is 28 degrees. Saturn is the root of the English word Saturday.
Uranus By Tyler & Luca Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. William Hershel was the first to see Uranus in 1781. Fifty Earths would fit in Uranus if it were hollow. Uranus has 15 moons. Uranus spins differently then the other planets. Uranus is named after the Greek god. The ring is made out of arctic ice.
Neptune By Kelsey Most of the time Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun, sometimes it is the ninth. Neptune has 8 known moons; 7 small ones and a large moon called Triton. It has a great dark spot. Neptune’s year is 165 Earth years Neptune is 2,788,000,000 miles from the sun. It is the third largest planet in our solar system.
Pluto By Kelly & Jamieliza Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun. Pluto is the smallest planet. Pluto has 1 moon. Pluto’s only moon, Charon, is about half the size of Pluto. It’s distance from the sun is 5,913,520,000 km. Because it’s orbit is elliptical rather than circular it sometimes moves inside the orbit of Neptune.
Asteroids & Meteorites By Michael & Colin Asteroids are part of our Solar System. Meteorites are chunks of rocks and metal. Some of them may have been part of comets and asteroids. Some meteorites are large as boulders. Some asteroids are big as a mountain or bigger. Meteorites can also be small as grains of sand.