solar system consists of sun and all other object that travels around sun.
These objects include planets, asteroids (pieces of rocks), natural satellites,
meteoroids, comets, dwarf planets, dust and gases. The sun is the center of our
solar system and exerts tremendous gravitational pull on planets, comets,
asteroids, satellites and other objects. Our solar system is a part of the Milky
Way Galaxy. There are many such galaxies in the universe.
sun lies in the center of the Solar system. It is massive ball of burning gas
called a star. It is around 100 times bigger than our earth. Sun looks
bigger because it closer to the earth than the any other stars. Sun is very hot
because of continuous huge explosion of gases happening in the sun. It gives
heat and light to planets in the system. Light from the sun reaches earth in
approximately 8 minutes. The sun looks yellow from earth. Without the sun, life
is not possible on earth. Sun’s light is very strong so, we should avoid
looking at the sun directly as it could damage our eyes.
is very important for our existence on earth. In the absence of sun our earth
would be just a ball of ice coated rock.
Significance of sun in our life:
provides energy to the plant to prepare food.
is an important part of water cycle.
gives us vitamin D.
kills germs and dries our clothes.
is the ultimate source of energy.
warms the atmosphere.
closest planet to the sun is Mercury. It has rocky surface with large holes
called craters. These craters were made by fast moving rocks hitting
into the planets from the space. When we look at mercury from earth, these
craters looks like dark spot. Mercury has no atmosphere. Life is not possible
on mercury because it is either too hot or too cold. Mercury has no moon.
is the second planet from the sun. It is almost as big as earth. It has thicker
atmosphere compared to earth. The sun ray’s passes through the thick clouds and
warms the planet’s surface but the cloud stop the heat from escaping which
makes the planet very hot. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system and
so life is not possible there. Venus also rotates in the opposite direction as
almost all the other planets. Instead of the Sun rising in the east and setting
in the west, the Sun on Venus would appear to rise in the west and set in the
east. Venus has no moons.
earth is at the right distance from the sun and has right mixture of air, heat
and water which makes life possible on earth. It is the only planet where life
is known to exist. Earth is 7926 miles in size. About 70% of the earth is
covered with water and 30% with land. Earth has one moon. Moon is natural
satellite. Scientists have sent many man made satellite which revolve around
the earth. These satellites help to capture important information about earth
such as weather forecast etc. and helps in transmission of radio and television
programs. Existence of life on earth makes it unique planet in the solar
is cold and fourth planet from the sun. It has two moons. It is a rocky planet.
Its surface is covered with red dust and hence called red planet.
is the biggest planet in the solar system. It is the fifth planet from the sun.
It is made mostly of gases and does not have solid surface. There is huge storm
that has been raging for thousands of years and hence it is referred as stormy
planet. Different cloud formation and storms in the atmosphere make Jupiter
a colorful planet. It has a big red spot where storm raging for at least 300
years. This red spot is also called “The Eye of Jupiter”. Jupiter is
also a cold planet. It has more than 60 moons moving around it.
is the second largest planet in the solar system. It is sixth planet from the
sun. It is made mostly of gases. It has millions of pieces of rock and ice
moving around it. These look like solid rings. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also
have rings. From far away, these look like solid rings. It has 62 moons.
is the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus is a gas giant. Uranus spins
differently. It spins on its side. It is an extremely cold planet and hence
been called the “ice giant”. It has faint rings around it which made of
millions of specks of dust. It has 27 moons.
is the eighth planet from the sun. It is very cold planet like Uranus. There is
dark blue swirl of storm raging on the planet which makes it look blue in color.
It has 14 moons.
was considered a planet till 2006. It is now considered as dwarf planet. It has