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BBC Solar System – Discover the beauty and strangeness of space

BBC Solar System – Discover the beauty and strangeness of space
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Fun Solar System Facts for Kids - Interesting Facts about the Solar System *Note that in the image above the sizes are to scale, but the relative distances are not. The solar system includes the Sun and all the objects that orbit around it due to its gravity. This includes things such as planets, comets, asteroids, meteoroids and moons. The Solar System formed around 4.6 billion years ago. NASA Kids Club Skip to main content NASA Kids Club › Text Only Site Space Racers Watch. Angry Birds Go Look! Buzz Lightyear Returns From Space Play Now Space School Musical Watch Now! For Parents and Teachers Teach your kids and students safe surfing habits. › Tips for Parents › Tips for Teachers Children's Protection Act Learn about what you can do to protect your privacy online. › Tips to protect your online identity Page Last Updated: July 1st, 2014 Page Editor: NASA Education NASA Kids Club

Ordering the Planets Remembering which order the planets come in can be difficult, so why not teach your class the following tricks? You could also ask the children to try to make up their own! (all lists should be read downwards) The International Astronomical Union have voted to change the status of Pluto. Denise Dickens also gave the following useful advice: If you get confused as to which M comes first remember, never put a Mars bar near the sun. Find more ideas and resources on our Earth and Beyond page. "Zoom Tool" Secret Worlds Secret Worlds: The Universe Within View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons. Once the tutorial has completely downloaded, a set of the arrows will appear that allow the user to increase or decrease the view magnitude in Manual mode. Notice how each picture is actually an image of something that is 10 times bigger or smaller than the one preceding or following it. Earth = 12.76 x 10+6 = 12,760,000 meters wide (12.76 million meters) Plant Cell = 12.76 x 10-6 = 0.00001276 meters wide (12.76 millionths of a meter) Contributing Authors David A.

The Sweden Solar System - Department of Astronomy Note! To navigate within the pages for Sweden Solar System, use the links in this column. På svenska. Models overview Map and directions News Models The Sun Globen, Stockholm Diameter: 71 m (solar disk) + the corona (the Sun's outer atmosphere) Bild: Ludvig Ehrenstråhle The Globe Arena in Stockholm is the largest spherical building in the world, and it represents the Sun in the SSS. Up Mercury Stockholms stadsmuseum, Slussen Diameter: 25 cm Distance from Globen: 2,9 km Bild: Annah Wirgén The model of Mercury is heated to symbolize its closeness to the Sun. Venus Diameter: 62 cm Distance from Globen: 5,5 km Foto: Gösta Gahm A new model of Venus, replacing the one stolen in 2011, is temporarily placed at the Institution for Space and Plasma Physics at the Kungl. Paul Schlyter The model of Venus at the Observatory Museeum in central Stockholm was made at the workshop at Liljevalchs Museeum. Earth/Moon Cosmonova, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm Diameter: 65 cm /18 cm Distance from Globen: 7,6 km Mars

Planets Around Other Stars Planets Around Other Stars What are exoplanets? Throughout recorded history and perhaps before, we have wondered about the possible existence of other worlds, like or unlike our own. The earliest understanding of the solar system showed us that there were indeed other worlds in orbit about our Sun, and steadily growing understanding of their natures shows that all are dramatically different from Earth, and mostly very different from one another. As we came to understand that the stars in the sky are other suns, and that the galaxies consist of billions of stars, it appeared a near certainty that other planets must orbit other stars. How we know that there are planets around other stars? Most of the detected exoplanets have revealed their presence by small effects that they have on their star. Another effect that can reveal the presence of a planet around another star is the bending of light from background stars by the gravitational field of an intervening star. Recent Discoveries

The Solar System Our solar neighborhood is an exciting place. The Solar System is full of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, minor planets, and many other exciting objects. Learn about Io, the explosive moon that orbits the planet Jupiter, or explore the gigantic canyons and deserts on Mars. What Is The Solar System? The Solar System is made up of all the planets that orbit our Sun. In addition to planets, the Solar System also consists of moons, comets, asteroids, minor planets, and dust and gas. Everything in the Solar System orbits or revolves around the Sun. How Did The Solar System form? This is an important question, and one that is difficult for scientists to understand. Scientists believe that the Solar System evolved from a giant cloud of dust and gas. At the center of this spinning cloud, a small star began to form. Further away from the center of this mass where the star was forming, there were smaller clumps of dust and gas that were also collapsing. A Great Storm Beyond The Oort Cloud

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