Ryan Visser 8th Grade Science

Welcome to my report on the planets in our galaxy

This multimedia report was created by Ryan Visser using Adobe Spark Pages. I used both the desktop version and the iPad version of Spark. It's a Great, easy to use tool!

Our Solar System

Below, you will find information about several planets, beginning with those which are closest to the sun. Remember, a good mnemonic can be used to remember MANY things, including the order of the planets. See the mnemonic device below. Can you match the planet names with the first letter of each word in the mnemonic?

My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets


Mercury is the smallest and closest to the Sun of the eight planets in the Solar System, with an orbital period of about 88 Earth days.


Seen from Earth, it appears to move around its orbit in about 116 days, which is much faster than any other planet in the Solar System. It has no known natural satellites. The planet is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger to the gods. Because it has almost no atmosphere to retain heat, Mercury's surface experiences the greatest temperature variation of the planets in the Solar System, ranging from 100 K (−173 °C; −280 °F) at night to 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) during the day at some equatorial regions.

The poles are constantly below 180 K (−93 °C; −136 °F). Mercury's axis has the smallest tilt of any of the Solar System's planets (about 1⁄30 of a degree), but it has the largest orbital eccentricity.[a] At aphelion, Mercury is about 1.5 times as far from the Sun as it is at perihelion. Mercury's surface is heavily cratered and similar in appearance to the Moon, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

Another pic of Mercury


Venus is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days. It has no natural satellite. It is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

After the Moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky, reaching an apparent magnitude of −4.6, bright enough to cast shadows.[15] Because Venus is an inferior planet from Earth, it never appears to venture far from the Sun: its elongation reaches a maximum of 47.8°.

Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun and bulk composition. It is radically different from Earth in other respects. It has the densest atmosphere of the four terrestrial planets, consisting of more than 96% carbon dioxide. The atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 92 times that of Earth. With a mean surface temperature of 735 K (462 °C; 863 °F), Venus is by far the hottest planet in the Solar System, even though Mercury is closer to the Sun.

Venus and the moon

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Created with images by tonynetone - "Astronomy has merged with Geological Sciences" • WikiImages - "solar system sun planet" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "False Color View of Mercury" • WikiImages - "mercury planet surface" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Happy Little Crater on Mercury" • chrismeller - "Mercury" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Hemispheric View of Venus" • WikiImages - "maat mons venus planet" • WikiImages - "venus crescent venus planet" • frankieleon - "I'm your venus"

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