The Solar System
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The star around which the earth orbits. The sun is the central body of the solar system. It provides the light and energy that sustains... The Sun is by far the largest object in the Solar System. |
The planet Mercury is the closest of the planets to the Sun. This planet is often called a morning star. Mercury has no moons.
Like the Earth, Venus has an atmosphere. Venus has volcanoes, mountains and sand, just like Earth. No living thing would ever be able to survive on Venus. Venus has no moons.
The Earth is the biggest of all the terrestrial planets. The Earth's temperature, weather, atmosphere and many other factors are just right to keep us alive. The Earth has one moon. Its name is Luna.
You may sometimes hear Mars referred to as the "Red Planet." This is because the surface of Mars is red. Mars has two moons.
Jupiter is by far the largest planet in our Solar System. The Earth could fit inside Jupiter more than 1000 times. Jupiter is a very stormy planet.
It is the second largest planet in our Solar System and it is a gas giant like Jupiter. Saturn is most well-known for its rings. However, it is not the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also have rings.
Unlike all the other planets and most of the moons in our Solar System, Uranus spins on its side. Uranus is an extremely cold planet. It has been called the "ice giant."
Neptune is a very windy place. No other planet in the Solar System has winds that are as strong as Neptune's. The winds near the Great Dark Spot were believed to have reached nearly 1,200 miles per hour.