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All About Astronomy
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Our Solar System Stars Glossary Printables, Worksheets, and Activities
The Sun The Planets The Moon Asteroids Kuiper Belt Comets Meteors Astronomers

Our Solar System
All About the Solar System Origins The Ecliptic Where is our Solar System? Exploring the Solar System Extremes Learning Activities

All About Our Solar System

Our solar system consists of the sun, planets, dwarf planets (or plutoids), moons, an asteroid belt, comets, meteors, and other objects. The sun is the center of our solar system; the planets, over 61 moons, the asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other rocks and gas all orbit the Sun.

The Planets
The nine planets that orbit the sun are (in order from the Sun): Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter (the biggest planet in our Solar System), Saturn (with large, orbiting rings), Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (a dwarf planet or plutoid). A belt of asteroids (minor planets made of rock and metal) orbits between Mars and Jupiter. These objects all orbit the sun in roughly circular orbits that lie in the same plane, the ecliptic (Pluto is an exception; this dwarf planet has an elliptical orbit tilted over 17° from the ecliptic).

The inner planets (those planets that orbit close to the Sun) are quite different from the outer planets (those planets that orbit far from the Sun).


Small Bodies
There are other smaller object that orbit the Sun, including asteroids, comets, meteoroids and dwarf planets.


Solar System Activities, Other Web Pages



The Solar System Book

A simple printable coloring book about the Solar System to print (for early readers). Pages on the Solar System, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, plus Pluto, the dwarf planet.
astronomy

Astronomy: K-3 Theme Page

Activities, quizzes, books to print, and printouts.
Ford

Celsius Bar Graph Questions #2:
Printable Worksheet

A printable activity worksheet in which the student reads a bar graph of the average temperatures of the planets to answer questions, for example, "On average, is it warmer on Jupiter or Mars?" Or go to the answers. Go to a pdf version of the worksheet.
Solar System coloring pages

An interactive puzzle on the Solar System.

Solar System Tutorial
- an on-line teaching/quiz about our Solar System.

Find It!, a quiz about the solar system.

A fill-in-the-blank (cloze) activity on the Solar System - or go to the answers.

A Solar System calendar to print out and color.

A Solar System Model to make

Solar System Crafts

How to write a report on a planet - plus a rubric.

The Solar System as it is today from Fourmilab Switzerland.


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