Created by the students in Mrs. Hogan’s First Grade Class 2012-2013
Neptune is known for its deep blue color, butit is actually purple.
Neptune was named after the Roman God of theSea. Neptune spins around once every 16 hours and 7minutes. (1 day) It take Neptune 165 years to orbit the sun once. Neptune has 13 moons and 2 dark spots. It is made out of gas and there is no water on theplanet. Neptune is very cold. It is 10 times colder than afreezer.
Mars has 2 moons. No person has ever gone to Mars. Mars is cold all the time. A long time ago people thought there was anocean on Mars. Scientists are looking for life on Mars. Mars is red. Some people think Mars is far away, but it isnot far away. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun.
Venus used to be called “morning star.” Venus’ mountain is the same height as Earthsbiggest mountain. Venus has some landforms. It is 870 degrees F. Venus is Earth’s sister. The sun makesVenus hot. Venus has no moons. Scientists have trouble getting a close look atVenus because of clouds.
Venus’ spinning makes the sun set or rise. One day inVenus lasts as long as 243 days onEarth.
Mercury is a small gray planet. It is the planet closest to the sun. Mercury looks like Earth’s moon. Mercury has no moon. You cannot breathe on Mercury. Thousands of years ago the Greeks thoughtthat Mercury was a travelling star. It takes 365 days or one year to move aroundthe sun.
No one has ever seen the other side ofMercury. There is different kind of gravity on mercurythan on the moon. Mercury is one of the smallest planets in thesolar system. Craters on Mercury were made millions ofyears ago. You would weigh less on Mercury than onEarth.
Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun. Other planets have rings, but Saturn has themost rings. The rings orbit around the planet. Saturn’s moons are made of ice. No one canskate on Saturn’s rings. Saturn has more than 30 moons. Sometime the wind blows 1,100 miles per houron Saturn. Saturn spins like a top. The days are very short. One days on Saturnonly lasts about 10 hours.
It takes 84 Earth years for Uranus to spinaround the sun. Uranus has more than 27 moons. Miranda is one of Uranus’ moon. The largestmoon isTitania. Uranus looks like it is rolling on its side. Uranus has craters, long marks, brokenrocks, and giant cliffs. The ocean on Uranus is gas that turned intoliquid.
Jupiter is made of liquid and gases. On Jupiter wind blows as fast as 640 miles perhour. From Earth, Jupiter looks like a star. If youlook up at the sky at night and see a brightball it is the planet of Jupiter. Jupiter has many storms.
Earth is about 93 million miles from the sun. Earth is where we live. The blue on our planet is water. To someone in space the Earth looks blue.This is because water covers most of Earth. Someone in space may also see green andbrown land.