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  • 1. Our Solar System A Write On Activity
  • 2. EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCETennessee Standard: Content Standard: 7.0 Earth and Its Place in the Universe  The student will investigate the structure of the universe. Learning Expectations:  7.1 Recognize the basic components of the universe.
  • 3. Our Solar SystemOur solar system is made up of: Sun Nine planets Their moons Asteroids Comets
  • 4. Inner PlanetsThe inner four rocky planets at the center of the solar system are: Mercury Venus Earth Mars
  • 5. Mercury Planet nearest the sun Second smallest planet Covered with craters Has no moons or rings About size of Earth’s moon
  • 6. Venus Sister planet to Earth Has no moons or rings Hot, thick atmosphere Brightest object in sky besides sun and moon (looks like bright star) Covered with craters, volcanoes, and mountains
  • 7. Earth Third planet from sun Only planet known to have life and liquid water Atmosphere composed of composed of Nitrogen (78%), Oxygen (21%), and other gases (1%).
  • 8. Mars Fourth planet from sun Appears as bright reddish color in the night sky Surface features volcanoes and huge dust storms Has 2 moons: Phobos and Deimos
  • 9. Outer PlanetsThe outer planets composed of gas are : Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune
  • 10. Jupiter Largest planet in solar system Brightest planet in sky 60+ moons, 5 visible from Earth Strong magnetic field Giant red spot Rings have 3 parts: Halo Ring, Main Ring, Gossamer Ring
  • 11. Saturn 6th planet from sun Beautiful set of rings 31 moons Largest moon, Titan, Easily visible in the night sky Voyager explored Saturn and its rings.
  • 12. Uranus 7th planet from sun Has a faint ring system 27 known moons Covered with clouds Uranus sits on its side with the north and south poles sticking out the sides.
  • 13. Neptune 8th planet from sun Discovered through math 7 known moons Triton largest moon Great Dark Spot thought to be a hole, similar to the hole in the ozone layer on Earth
  • 14. Outermost Planet Pluto, the outermost planet, is a small solid icy planet is smaller than the Earths Moon.
  • 15. Pluto 9th planet from sun (usually) Never visited by spacecraft Orbits very slowly Moon, Charon, is very close to Pluto and about the same size
  • 16. Asteroids Small bodies Believed to be left over from the beginning of the solar system billions of years ago 100,000 asteroids lie in belt between Mars and Jupiter Largest asteroids have been given names
  • 17. Comets Small icy bodies Travel past the Sun Give off gas and dust as they pass by
  • 18. Writing Activity Write a paragraph about the solar system. Include 5 facts covered in this presentation. Solar System Activities
  • 19. Solar SystemActivities Order the Planets Fun with Planets Constellations of the Northern Sky Planets Solar System