Solar System


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Solar System

  1. 2. The Sun
  2. 3. The Sun <ul><li>The star closest to the planet Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>A medium size star that gives us heat and light. </li></ul><ul><li>The diameter is 109 times the diameter of Earth. </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Nine Planets
  4. 5. Mercury
  5. 6. Mercury <ul><li>Closest planet to the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>A small, rocky planet that looks like our moon. </li></ul><ul><li>Covered with millions of craters. </li></ul><ul><li>No moons. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Venus
  7. 8. Venus <ul><li>Sometimes called the “Evening Star.” </li></ul><ul><li>The hottest planet. </li></ul><ul><li>Has the longest day. </li></ul><ul><li>Spins in the opposite direction of the other planets. </li></ul><ul><li>The clouds and rain are filled with sulfuric acid. </li></ul><ul><li>No moons. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Earth
  9. 10. Earth <ul><li>The only planet to have liquid water on the surface. </li></ul><ul><li>The only known planet to support life. </li></ul><ul><li>Surrounded by a thick atmosphere of gases. </li></ul><ul><li>One moon. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Earth’s Moon
  11. 12. Earth’s Moon <ul><li>Earth’s only natural satellite. </li></ul><ul><li>The only space body on which man has walked. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Mars
  13. 14. Mars <ul><li>The surface is covered with iron; giving it a red color. </li></ul><ul><li>Has the highest mountain in the solar system. </li></ul><ul><li>The polar caps have layers of ice covering them. </li></ul><ul><li>Two moons. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Asteroid Belt
  15. 16. Asteroid Belt <ul><li>Pieces of rock and metal that orbit between the planets Mars and Jupiter. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Jupiter
  17. 18. Jupiter <ul><li>The largest planet. </li></ul><ul><li>The shortest day. </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for its giant red spot which is a large storm. </li></ul><ul><li>At least 16 moons. </li></ul><ul><li>One ring. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Saturn
  19. 20. Saturn <ul><li>A large gas giant with beautiful rings. </li></ul><ul><li>Has more moons (24) than any other planet. </li></ul><ul><li>It is extremely large but so light it could float in water. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Uranus
  21. 22. Uranus <ul><li>I am a large gas giant tipped over on my side. </li></ul><ul><li>A beautiful, featureless blue planet. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a small hot rocky center and an ice surface. </li></ul><ul><li>At least 11 rings. </li></ul><ul><li>At least 15 moons. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Neptune
  23. 24. Neptune <ul><li>A large gas giant, the twin of Uranus. </li></ul><ul><li>One of its moons, Triton, travels backwards around the planet. </li></ul><ul><li>Two moons. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Pluto and Charon
  25. 26. Pluto and Charon <ul><li>The smallest of the planets. </li></ul><ul><li>Surface is covered with a pudding like snow. </li></ul><ul><li>Its moon, Charon, is similar in size. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Comet
  27. 28. Comet <ul><li>A frozen chunk of ice and dust that travels in a long, narrow orbit around the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>When a comet moves closer to the sun, some of its ice turns into gas. </li></ul><ul><li>A comet’s tail can be millions of kilometers long. </li></ul>
  28. 29. The End