Think. Pair. Share. i) What are the names of the 8 planets in the Sol Solar System? (Hint: E J M M N S U V) ii) Order the planets according to their distance from the Sun. iii) How can you remember this order?
Orbits a star, but is not a star itself.
Is the biggest object in its orbital path.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
Also called the terrestrial planets .
Relatively small, have solid cores and rocky crusts.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Also called the gas giants .
Large clumps of gas, ice and dust, cold temperatures.
Asteroid Belts Asteroids are chunks of rock and metal floating in space. There are 2 asteroid belts in our solar system: 1) Between Mars and Jupiter. 2) The Kuiper Belt on the edge of the solar system.
Pluto is not a planet.
In 2006 Pluto was declared to be
a dwarf planet because:
a) It sometimes crosses Neptune’s orbit.
b) Does not have a clear orbit (other objects in its path).
c) Other objects in the Kuiper belt were discovered to be larger than Pluto.
Dwarf Planets Dwarf planets orbit the Sun and are spherical, but are not the largest objects in their orbits. - Pluto - Makemake - Haumea - Eris - Ceres