Solar System Facts - School Educational

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Knowing the solar system is the first step to recognize the amazing planet we have. This is a quick overview of the solar system. For more visit us The solar system The center of our solar system is the Sun. The Sun is not a planet, it is a star and it is the closest star to earth. The actual distance of the sun from the earth is about 149.6 million kilometers. Although it is a tremendous distance the sun does not appear to us that far away. Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, can range from 800 degrees F in the day, and at night, temperatures reach -280 F, but it is not the hottest planet in the solar system. Venus has a lot of volcanic plains with this covering almost 70 percent of the planet. Venus is considered to be the hottest of all planets in the Solar System due to greenhouse effect. Earth is the third planet from the sun and it is fifth largest planet in the Solar System. The Earth is the densest of planets also. The reason why Mars is called the Red Planet is because of the many particles of iron oxide found on the surface of the planet. The Olympus Mons in Mars, is the highest mountain range in the Solar System. Jupiter is the biggest of all planets found in the Solar System of today and the fifth planet found from the Sun. Jupiter has a planetary ring system and has 63 different moons! Lo, a satellite of the planet Jupiter, is the biggest natural satellite found in the Solar System. Saturn, the second largest planet is known because it has a ring system. This is going to be made up of 9 different but continuous rings which are the main rings; and there is also 3 other arcs which aren't continuous in features. Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is also bigger than Mercury and it has its own atmosphere. It's the only moon in the entire Solar System to be able to have this. Uranus does have its own ring system as well as its own magnetosphere; along with 27 moons known so far. Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system. The planet orbits the Sun only once for every 84 Earth years which is a length period of time to orbit the Sun. Neptune is the further planet away from the Sun. Neptune has almost 17 times more mass than that found on Earth and will be smaller than Uranus which is very close to it. There are eight planets in the solar system. Pluto is a Dwarf Planet. There are three recognized dwarf planets, but some scientists believe that maybe 200 dwarf planets can be found out there in the Solar System that hasn't been discovered yet.

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