It takes days to travel around the Sun. Earth — This is where we live! Earth is made of rock and is the only planet where water is liquid. The other planets are either too hot or too cold. Earth takes days to travel around the Sun. Mars — Mars is a little smaller than Earth, but a lot further out. Jupiter — Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System.
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You could fit 1, Earths inside Jupiter. Jupiter has 66 moons; one of them, Ganymede, is bigger than Mercury. Jupiter is five times as far from the Sun as the Earth is and takes almost 12 years to travel around the Sun. Saturn — Saturn is famous for its rings. The rings were first observed with a telescope in by Galileo and are made up of huge numbers of small lumps of ice and dust mostly ice. The pieces in the rings may be as small as a millimetre or as large as a few metres across.
It takes You could fit 63 planets the size of Earth inside Uranus. Neptune — Neptune is the farthest planet from the Sun. It is 30 times as far from the sun as Earth and takes years to travel around the Sun.
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Asteroid — Asteroids are bodies of rock and ice in space. Millions of asteroids orbit the Sun -most between Mars and Jupiter. They vary in size between 1 metre across and miles across.
Atmosphere — the layer of gas around a planet Comet — a comet is a body of ice, dust and bits of rock that passes through space leaving a tail of ice and dust behind it. A comet may be up to 25 miles across. Day — the length of time it takes the Earth to spin all the way around so that you get a night and a day — 24 hours Galaxy — a large group of stars, all orbiting a central point. Gravity — the force that attracts a moon to a planet, or a planet to a star Light Year — the distance that light travels in one year. Some planets have many moons. Earth has just one, called The Moon.
Solar System — the Sun and the collection of stars Star — A star is a huge ball of very hot gases, that gives off lots of light and heat. Some stars have planets orbiting around them, but not all do. Sun — the star in our Solar System Universe — The Universe is everything that exists: all the galaxies, all the stars, all the planets and everything in between Year — the length of time it takes the Earth to travel around the Sun, days. Start your trial for FREE today! Access thousands of brilliant resources to help your child be the best they can be. What is the Solar System? Everything in the Solar System revolves around the Sun.
The Sun is a star — a massive ball of hot gas that gives off light and heat. There are eight planets that orbit around the Sun. The closest planet to the Sun is Mercury, and the farthest away is Neptune. The biggest planet is Jupiter, and the smallest planet is Mercury.
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The Earth is the only planet that we know has creatures living on it. The Earth rotates as it orbits the Sun. It takes one day to complete a rotation. It takes days for the Earth to complete one circuit around the Sun. We call this a year. The Sun is just one of hundreds of billions of stars in the galaxy that we live in, which is called the Milky Way. The whole Universe has at least billion galaxies in it. You are held onto the surface of the Earth by a force called gravity.
This is the same force that keeps the Earth and the other planets orbiting around the Sun. Not everything in the Solar system orbits directly around the Sun. The Moon orbits around the Earth.
The Sun is 93 million miles from the Earth. The light from the Sun only takes 8 minutes to travel to the Earth, but it would take Usain Bolt — the fastest man on Earth — years to run from the Sun to the Earth.
The Earth travels around the Sun in a loop that is shaped a bit like an oval. The Earth is always spinning around — sometimes from where you stand on the Earth you can see the Sun this is the daytime and sometimes the part of the Earth where you are is facing away from the Sun so it is dark this is the nightime. It takes 24 hours for the Earth to spin all the way around, and we call this a day.
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I never knew that. I love the facts about space. Those space facts are really cool and i actually went to NASA and learned everything there too.
That Was Fabulous! These space facts are quick and easy to learn and they really helped me out to do my homework! Lydia : Age Great fun facts. My kids and I really enjoyed this article. For a really good read, I also recommend the kids book, Amelia the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, for ages It really makes space fun and exciting. I really like this video because it had a very nice beat I like it so much Im going to show it to my class. I luv the facts but from the video, I never knew that the planets can talk and the sun would have gigantic glasses I already know that song and I put it on mostly all the time!
Did you notice in the song you could see another planet next to Neptune. I have my suspicions that it might be Pluto!