We are going to start our journey at the Sun!
The sun is the center off our solar system. All of the planets and other objects in our solar system revolve around the sun.
Everything in our solar system revolves around the solar system because of the suns gravity. The suns gravity is so powerful that all of the objects in the solar system are at different distances from the sun and are still being pulled by the sun.
Seeing how all of the objects in our solar system are at different distances from the sun lets learn a bit on just how far away the planets are from the sun.
Please scroll down to the resources and click on the link that says “Distance From The Sun” and then answer the following questions based on the information on that page.
1. How far away is Earth from the sun?
2. How far away is Neptune from the sun?
3. What is the name of the closest planet and how close is it to the sun?
Now we are going to start traveling through the planets in our solar system.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the resource section and click on the link that says “Our Solar System”
Once that link opens up then look to the side and click on each of the planets (except for Pluto) and read about them.
Then come back and answer a question about that planet.
What is Mercury mostly made up of?
How many Moons does Venus have?
What is the name of Earths moon?
Mars is also known as the ____ Planet.
Jupiter has over 50 moons. True or False?
What is Saturn most well known for?
Uranus is the only planet to rotate on its side. What do scientists believe caused this?
How many days does it take Neptune to orbit around the sun?
Now its time for the fun facts!
Please scroll down to the resources and click on the resource that says “Planet Facts” which will bring you to a website that contains some fun facts about each of the planets.
After you read some of the fun facts please write down two of the facts that you found interesting. Please include what planet that fact is about.
It's interesting to see how people know all of this information about our solar system. But how is it that people can learn and see so much of things that go on out in space? Well they learn so much about space from a very special telescope that was launched into space. Scroll down to the resources section and click on the link “What is the Hubble Telescope” then please answer the questions about the telescope.
Hubble Telescope - Questions
1. What is the name of the telescope.
2. When did the telescope launch.
3. What do the pictures from the telescope start out as?
To end our journey I would like for you to watch the video that is down in the resource section. I am only asking that you watch the first minute of the video but if you would like you can watch the entire video. The video contains images that have been taken by The Hubble Telescope.