All About The Planets of the Solar System • By • Alexis • Ashley • Jeroson • Kim • Sierra
Where does the word planet comes from?• The word planet is Greek for “wanderer,” because the planets appear to wander around the sky, disconnected from the stars and each other.
The nine planets areMercury SaturnVenus UranusEarth NeptuneMars Pluto Jupiter
These are the inner planets MercuryEarth Venus Mars
These are the outer planets Jupiter UranusSaturn Neptune Pluto
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and the eight largest.• Mercury looks like a ball of gray Swiss cheese.• During the day Mercury is a whooping 800 degrees Fahrenheit, much hotter than the oven in your home. Mercury is so hot it will melt a tin pan.
Venus is the second largest planetfrom the sun and the fifth largest.• Venus is the hottest planet in our solar.• Astronauts can’t land on Venus because they would get burned up by the planets 900- degree temperature.• The surface of Venus has many craters which were made by meteorites and asteroids crashing into the planet.
Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest.• Earth is the only planet where humans can live a normal life.• Earth atmosphere contains oxygen for us to breathe, protects us from the sun’s heat and keeps our planet warm.• Earth is covered by so much water that it’s entire planet looks blue from outer space.
Mars is the fourth planet fromthe sun and the fourth largest.• Mars is a dusty, orangish-red desert planet.• The temperature on Mars can be very, very cold, even on the warmest day.
Jupiter is the fifth planet from thesun and by far the largest planet.• Jupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solar system could fit into it.• You couldn’t stand on Jupiter because there is nothing to stand on. It is made up mostly of gas and liquid.• Jupiter’s ferocious winds blow it’s thick red, orange, brown, and white clouds around, always changing the way the planet looks.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest.• Saturn is famous for the bright, flat rings that floats around its middle.• Saturn is a very large gas planet which spins very rapidly on its axis.• Saturn’s atmosphere has winds which can blow at over 1800 kilometers per hour
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the third largest.• Uranus is one of the smaller giant, gas planet in our solar system.• Uranus atmosphere is made up of hydrogen, helium and methane gas, which gives it its blue color.• Uranus is so far away that, even with a telescope, the icy planet looks like a tiny greenish-blue disk.
Neptune is the eight planet from the sun and the fourth largest.• Neptune and Uranus are both large, gas planets that look like big-blue green balls in the sky.• It is so cold on Neptune that you would need skin thicker than a polar bear to stay warm.• The planet has large dark, circle on it surface which are believed to be storms.
Pluto is usually the farthest planet from the sun and the smallest.• Pluto is colder than other planets because it is so far away from the sun.• Pluto is usually the farthest planet from the sun, but sometimes Neptune is because Pluto’s egg-shaped orbit takes it inside Neptune’s orbit for about 20 years out of every 250 years.
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