Solar System

Explore our solar system and learn the characteristics of each planet. Compare the sizes of planets and their distances from the Sun. Observe the speeds of planetary orbits and measure how long each planet takes to go around the Sun.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • List the planets in order from closest to the Sun to farthest away.
  • Classify the planets as rocky planets or gas giants.
  • Observe the scale of the solar system.
  • Describe the shape of planetary orbits.
  • Measure each planet's period of revolution.
  • Compare the sizes of the planets.
  • Relate the presence of an atmosphere to the size of a planet.
VOCABULARY:
  • atmosphere, ellipse, gas giant, orbit, planet, rocky planet, solar system, year

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