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All about planets

Read some amazing facts about the planets in our solar system. Learn about gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn as well as information about closer planets like Venus and Mars.

We live on one planet ourselves. By learning more about these amazing objects that orbit the same sun as Earth, we can learn more about our own planet. The beauty of the planets found in our solar system is that they are so varied, with each one offering a new insight into everything from chemistry to physics, geography and how our solar system was formed all those years ago.

Venus: Similar in size to Earth but just a little hotter, ok make that a lot hotter! Venus is like an oven on a high temperature thanks to its thick clouds which keep the heat in.

Mars: The 'Red Planet' hasn't quite been conquered by humans yet but it had a few interesting visitors in recent years. Find out more about this and the potential for liquid water on this rocky planet.

Jupiter: It's big and its home to some of the most extreme conditions in our solar system. Welcome to Jupiter, where storms rage and intense gravity rules.

Saturn: This gas giant is famous for its beautiful rings as well as being the second biggest planet in our solar system. Learn about the ice crystals that make up the rings and much more.

Uranus: Keen to stand out from the crowd, rolls like a barrel rather than spinning like Earth. Learn more about this and its long orbit around the sun.

Mercury: It's a tough life living next to the sun but someone's got to do it. Find out why Mercury has more in common with the Moon than our own Earth.

Earth: The Earth is unlike any other planet in the Solar System in a number of different ways.It is the only planet that has an atmosphere containing 21 percent oxygen. It is the only planet that has liquid water on its surface. It is the only planet in the solar system that has life. The Earth is the only inner planet to have one large satellite, the Moon. Mars has two very tiny moons. Mercury and Venus have none.

Neptune: Fierce storms rage on this planet at the edge of our solar system.

Read about this and other things that make Neptune such an interesting planet.

Pluto: It's tough being the little guy and no one knows this better than Pluto who isn't even considered a planet anymore. Still, there's a lot to learn about an object that orbits so far from the sun

Courtesy Text: www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/planets.html

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