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Planets - Zoom Astronomy

Planets - Zoom Astronomy
Advertisement. EnchantedLearning.com is a user-supported site. As a bonus, site members have access to a banner-ad-free version of the site, with print-friendly pages.Click here to learn more. (Already a member? The Planets (plus the Dwarf Planet Pluto) Our solar system consists of the sun, eight planets, moons, many dwarf planets (or plutoids), an asteroid belt, comets, meteors, and others. The eight planets that orbit the sun are (in order from the sun): Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Easy ways to remember the order of the planets (plus Pluto) are the mnemonics: "My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas" and "My Very Easy Method Just Simplifies Us Naming Planets" The first letter of each of these words represents a planet - in the correct order. The largest planet is Jupiter. The inner planets are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Generally, the farther from the Sun, the cooler the planet. Density of the Planets The Earth is the densest planet.

Phases of the Moon and Percent of the Moon Illuminated Copyright Antonio Cidadao. Used by permission. Click on picture to see large version. From any location on the Earth, the Moon appears to be a circular disk which, at any specific time, is illuminated to some degree by direct sunlight. New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth. Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth. Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. Lunation Movie Copyright Antonio Cidadao.

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