The Planets Of The Solar System 

The Four Terrestrial Planets

Planet Mercury

Mercury

Mercury is the smallest of eight planets in our solar system. It completes its orbit around the sun in 87.97 days which makes it the fastest orbiting planet.


Mercury Facts
Planet Venus

Venus

Venus is the second rock from the Sun and the third brightest object in the sky, after Sun and Moon. It is named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty.

Venus Facts
Planet Earth

Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the densest planet in the solar system. With a radius of 6,371 kilometres or 3,959 miles, it is the largest of the terrestrial planets.


Earth Facts
Planet Mars

Mars

Mars is the second smallest and fourth planet in the solar system. In fact, its total surface area is similar to that of all Earth's continents combined. It is named after the Roman God of War.

Mars Facts

The Four Gaseous Giants

Planet Jupiter

Jupiter

Jupiter is the fifth and the largest planet in the solar system. Due to its massive size, it is named after the king of ancient Roman God. Unlike other terrestrial planets, it is mainly made of gas.


Jupiter Facts
Planet Saturn

Saturn

Saturn is the second-largest planet in the solar system, after Jupiter and named after Roman God of time and agriculture. It is mainly made up of hydrogen (94%), helium (6%) and a small amount of ammonia and methane.

Saturn Facts
Planet Uranus

Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and named after the Greek god of the heavens after its discovery in 1781. With a radius of about 25,300 km, it is the third-largest planet planet.


Uranus Facts
Planet Neptune

Neptune

Neptune is the eighth planet in the solar system and named after Roman god of the sea. It has the fourth-largest planetary diameter and third-largest planetary mass in the Solar System.

Neptune Facts

The Dwarf Planets

Dwarf Planet Pluto

Pluto

Pluto is the largest and second most massive dwarf planet in the solar system. Sitting far away from the rest of the planets, Plutonian world is located in Kuiper belt, a region that is beyond the orbit of Neptune.

Pluto Facts

Other Solar System Objects

The Sun

The Sun

Sun is a massive nuclear furnace at the centre of our solar system with a radius of 695,700 km. It is over 4.5 billion years old and is responsible for the Earth’s climate, weather and life.

Sun Facts
The Moon

The Moon

The Moon is the only natural satellite and the closest astronomical body of our earth. With a diameter of more than the quarter of the earth, it is the fifth natural satellite in our solar system.

Moon Facts

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