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The Planets of the Solar System

The Planets of the Solar System

A Trip Through the Solar System

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Mercury - named after the speedy messenger of the Roman gods

Mercury - named after the speedy messenger of the Roman gods

Closest planet to the sun

Revolution around the sun = 88 Earth days

Rotation on its axis = 59 Earth days

Crater-covered surface with steep cliffs

Almost no atmosphere

Temperature range

as high as 427 degrees C

as low as -170 degrees C

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Mercury - named after the speedy messenger of the Roman gods

Mercury - named after the speedy messenger of the Roman gods

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Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Second planet from the sun

About the same size as Earth

Thick, cloudy atmosphere

sulfuric acid

carbon dioxide

Temperature range

as high as 480 degrees C

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Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Surface pressure = 91 times more than Earths

Surface has

deep canyons and tall mountains

craters

vast plains

Revolution around the sun = 224 Earth days

Rotation on its axis = 243 Earth days

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Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Greenhouse effect

heat becomes trapped beneath the clouds

results in little or no water on Venus surface

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Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

Venus - named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love

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Earth

Earth

Third planet from the sun

Revolution around the sun = 365 days

Rotation on its axis = 24 hours

Because the axis of the Earth is tilted, this creates distinct seasons throughout the year

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Earth

Earth

Temperature range depends on the location, altitude and season

Gravitation pull of the moon creates tide changes (rise and fall of the ocean levels)

Surface -

Mountains

Plains

Deserts

Heavy vegetation

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Earth

Earth

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Mars - named after the Roman god of war

Mars - named after the Roman god of war

Fourth planet from the sun

Surface

rocky

large craters

soils is similar to Earths soil in many ways

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