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  • 1. eight
    The Planets
    Created by: Victoria Ploe
    EDU 290H TTH 8-9:15
    February 23rd, 2010
  • 2. Solar System Overview
    8 planets in our solar system
    Mercury
    Venus
    Earth
    Mars
    Jupiter
    Saturn
    Uranus
    Neptune
  • 3. Solar System Overview
    At least 3 dwarf planets
    More than 130 satellites of the planets
    Large number of small bodies
    Comets and asteroids
    The planets orbit on ellipses
    Most are spherical except for Mercury
  • 4. Mercury
    Closest planet to the sun
    Eighth largest planet
    Surface is heavily cratered
    Very thin atmosphere
    http://nineplanets.org/mercury/html
  • 5. Venus
    Second planet from the sun
    Sixth largest planet
    Very slow rotation
    Regarded as Earth’s sister planet
    Very dense atmosphere
    http://nineplanets.org/venus.html
  • 6. Earth
    Third planet from the sun
    Fifth largest planet
    Densest major body in the solar system
    71% of surface is covered by water
    http://nineplanets.org/earth.html
  • 7. Mars
    http://nineplanets.org/mars.html
    Fourth planet from the sun
    Seventh largest planet
    Known as the “Red Planet”
    Similar surface to Earth
    Very thin atmosphere
  • 8. Jupiter
    Fifth planet from sun
    Largest planet in solar system
    Fourth brightest object in the sky
    Gas planet
    No solid surface
    3 layers of clouds
    Great Red Spot
    http://nineplanets.org/jupiter.html
  • 9. Saturn
    Sixth planet from the sun
    Second largest planet
    Gas Planet
    Least dense planet
    2 prominent rings (A,B) and one faint (C)
    Gap between A and B is known as the Cassini division
    Composed of small particles ranging in size
    http://nineplanets.org/saturn.html
  • 10. Uranus
    Seventh planet from the sun
    Third largest planet
    First planet discovered in modern times
    Gas planet
    Composed of mostly rock and various ices
    Blue color
    http://nineplanets.org/uranus.html
  • 11. Neptune
    Eighth planet from the sun
    Fourth largest planet
    Gas planet
    Great Dark Spot
    Very faint rings
    Can be seen with binoculars
    http://nineplanets.org/neptune.html
  • 12. Dwarf Planets
    Pluto
    Eris
    Ceres
    Definition of a dwarf planet:
    Orbits around sun
    Is not a satellite
    Self gravity
    http://nineplanets.org/dwarf.html
  • 13. Works Cited:
    http://nineplanets.org
    All pictures came from http://nineplanets.org, but where originally from NASA