Adam has been working on a Solar System project with Mr Park for a number of weeks and is delighted to have finished! The children in Year 5 and 6 were very impressed and thought we should share it on the school blog…
The sun is one of millions and millions of stars in the Galaxy and is 92.96 million miles away from Earth is one million times the size of Earth. It takes about 8 minutes for the sunlight to be seen on the Earth after it has left the sun.
Mercury is a small planet which orbits closer to the sun than any other planet in our solar system. As well as being very hot, it features a barren, crater covered surface which looks similar to Earth’s moon.
Venus is a fascinating planet that is similar in size to Earth but very different in regards to atmosphere and surface conditions. Its thick clouds lock in the heat while the surface rages with active volcanoes.
The Earth is unlike every other planet in the solar system in a number of different ways. It is the only planet that has an atmosphere containing 21% oxygen. It is the only planet that has liquid water on its surface and it is the only planet in the solar system that has life.
Mars, or the ‘Red Planet’ as it is sometimes known, has a dusty, rocky surface and a thin atmosphere. Its relatively calm conditions and close proximity to earth make it the most likely destination for future planet exploration by humans.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Its famous ‘Red Spot’ and raging gas storms give it an impressive if not intimidating appearance. As well as having many moons, Jupiter also has a number of rings similar to that of Saturn but much less noticeable.
Perhaps the most beautiful planet in our solar system (other than earth of course) due to its spectacular ring system, Saturn is a gas giant that features many extreme physical features and atmospheric conditions.
Uranus likes to be a bit different. It shows off a majestic blue/green haze due to its high levels of methane gas and rolls like a barrel rather than spinning like Earth and the other planets in our Solar System.
Neptune is a large planet that experiences extreme atmospheric weather conditions. After the demotion of Pluto, it now holds the distinction of being further away from the sun than any other planet in our solar system. Neptune is nearly four times as big as Earth.
- Pluto was the smallest and furthest planet from the Sun in our solar system, now it is not even officially recognized as a planet!
- In 2006 Pluto was demoted to the status of dwarf planet.
- Because it is so far away from the sun it is very cold with temperatures ranging form -235 Degrees Celsius to -210 Degrees Celsius.
- Pluto consists of rock with a very thick coating of ice.
By Adam and Mr Park