PLANETS IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
India is a very small part of earth which is a very small part of the universe.
We live in a very small part of the universe, what we call home.
MERCURY IS the closest planet to the Sun. Mercury is named for the Roman messenger god because it quickly appears and disappears from the morning and evening skies. Many astronomers have never seen Mercury because it’s only visible a few days out of the year, and does not rise very far above the horizon.
VENUS is named after a goddess of beauty, the reality of this planet is far from its name. Venus is a very unpleasant place, with winds that blow constantly at hundreds of miles per hour and extremely high temperatures. This planet is an example of a runaway greenhouse effect on a planetary scale.
EARTH is in the planetary neighborhood, and as the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Our planet is unique in the solar system, and not just because we live here. Did you know that Earth is only planet in the solar system that can have eclipses of the Sun?
MARS, Always known as the Red Planet,has probably been the source of more science fiction (good and bad) than any other planet. Mars is much smaller than Earth, but recent research shows that it once had flowing rivers. Mars also has a canyon that stretches over 2000 miles.
JUPITER The ruler of the night skies,is by far the largest planet in our solar system. Jupiter is so large that over 1300 Earths would fit inside it! It also makes up its own miniature solar system with its family of at least sixteen Moons!
SATURN The Ringed Planet, is probably the most visually stunning planet in our planetary neighborhood. Saturn’s giant rings are actually made of of thousands of small particles of dust and ice. The divisions in the rings we see from Earth are caused by some of Saturn’s smaller moons.
URANUS One of the mysterious gas giants, has rings like Saturn, but they are very faint and weren’t discovered until the planet was visited by the Voyager spacecraft. The planet is also the only one in our solar system that lays on it’s side instead of standing straight up.
NEPTUNE was the last stop that the ground breaking Voyager spacecraft made on its journey through the solar system. The amazing mission had one more surprise for us, though, as it found “geysers” on Triton, one of Neptune’s moons.
PLUTO The most distant planet in our solar system,is so far away that the Sun is not much bigger or brighter than most of the other stars in its sky. Pluto also has a moon, Charon, that is nearly as big as the planet itself.