Name the planets in order from the sun.
The Solar System is made up of our Sun and all the planets and other objects that orbit around it. There are 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. We can learn more about our Solar System through exploration by robots and spacecraft.
Exploring the Solar System
Planets: Round objects that revolve around the sun. Gravity: The force that pulls objects towards each other. Orbit: The path that objects take around the sun.
The Sun is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old – about the same age as Earth. Jupiter's moon Io has the most active volcanoes in the Solar System. The hottest planet in the Solar System is Venus, with surface temperatures reaching up to 864°F.
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What are the characteristics of some of the planets in our solar system?
What do scientists think about the possibility of life existing on other planets in our solar system?
What have you learned about the planets in our solar system?
What similarities and differences have you noticed between the planets in our solar system?
Brain break: Draw a pancake with arms and legs doing a cartwheel
Question: In the solar system, what is the average distance between the sun and Earth? Clues: • The sun is the largest object in the solar system. • Earth is the third planet from the sun. • The sun is at the centre of the solar system. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a diagram of the solar system showing the sun and the planets. B. Calculate the average distance between the sun and Earth.
Which planet is known as the 'Red Planet'?
Which planet is closest to the Sun?
What is the largest planet in our solar system?
Which celestial body is famous for its beautiful rings?
What is the hottest planet in our solar system?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a star and a planet in the Solar System?