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The Solar System.

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Introduction

Daniel Roberts

The Solar System

The Sun

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DEFINITION

The Sun is a star at the centre of the Solar System. All the planets revolve around it.

 The surface of this burning ball of gas is 5500ºC, with the core reaching a sweltering 15.6 million ºC

 The Sun is so large, you could fit over one million Earths inside it

Mercury

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DEFINITION

Mercury is the nearest planet to the Sun and the second smallest in the Solar System

 See the Sun rise twice in one day

 The widest range in temperature of any planet, from a chilly -170°C at night to a sizzling 350°C during the day

NUMBER OF MOONS · 0

Venus

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DEFINITION

The second planet from the Sun and the Earth's nearest planetary neighbour

 Experience the longest day of any planet, a staggering 243 Earth days!

 The only planet where the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east

 See volcanoes 100km wide and five km high

 Poisonous Venusian atmosphere - it's full of sulphuric acid

NUMBER OF MOONS · 0

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Middle

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DEFINITION

The third planet from the Sun, placed between Venus and Mars

 The only planet in the Solar System where life has been confirmed

 The best nightlife in the Solar System!

NUMBER OF MOONS · 1

Mars

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DEFINITION

The fourth planet from the Sun, just past the Earth. Often called the 'Red Planet', due to its vivid colour.

 The longest ever canyon system, stretching over 5,000km (3,000 miles)

 Solar System's largest volcano - over 50 times bigger than those on Earth


NUMBER OF MOONS · 2

Jupiter

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DEFINITION

The fifth planet from the Sun and the biggest in the Solar System

 A huge world, larger than all the other eight planets put together

 The largest storm in the Solar System

 The largest system of moons of any planet

NUMBER OF MOONS · 39+

Saturn

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Conclusion

 The giant ball of gas, four times bigger than the Earth

 The only planet to spin on its side

 42-year nights and days

NUMBER OF MOONS · 21+

Neptune

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DEFINITION

The fourth largest planet in the Solar System.

 The fastest winds in the Solar System at over 2,000km per hour

 During certain points in its orbit, Neptune passes Pluto to become the furthest planet from the Sun

NUMBER OF MOONS · 11+

Pluto

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DEFINITION

The smallest planet in the Solar System, around half the size of Earth's Moon. For most of its orbit, Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun.

 Mysterious icy planet that has yet to be mapped

 The coldest planet in the Solar System at a chilly -220ºC

NUMBER OF MOONS · 1

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