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  • 1. Planets of the Solar System
  • 2. Each planet in our solar system orbits the sun at a different distance.
  • 3. The four planets that orbit closest to the sun are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
  • 4. Earth is the only planet with flowing water.
  • 5. Planets are surrounded by atmospheres, or layers of air.
  • 6. The planet closest to the sun is Mercury.
  • 7. Venus is Earth’s closest neighbor. The atmosphere on Venus has yellow-white clouds of acid.
  • 8. Earth is the only planet we know that has life.
  • 9. Mars has plains, sand dunes, craters, and volcanoes. It has ice caps around both its north and south poles.
  • 10. Mars has two moons that orbit it.
  • 11. All of the inner planets have atmospheres. But people can only breathe the air on Earth. Why do you think this is so?
  • 12. Astronomers call the outer planets “giants”.
  • 13. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.
  • 14. More than one thousand Earths could fit inside Jupiter.
  • 15. Clouds and wind make Jupiter’s atmosphere look red, yellow, brown and white.
  • 16. One storm of winds, called the Great Red Spot, has been blowing for more than 300 years.
  • 17. Jupiter has rings around it as well as 16 moons.
  • 18. Saturn is almost as big as Jupiter.
  • 19. Saturn has at least 18 moons.
  • 20. Uranus looks blue-green in color to astronomers because of the gases in its thin atmosphere
  • 21. Uranus has 15 moons.
  • 22. Neptune looks blue.
  • 23. Neptune has rings and 8 moons.