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the Planets

ISN Notes 11-17-16
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Audra DeBourge

on 17 November 2016

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the Planets
ISN notes
11-17-16
Planets are classified according to their location in the solar system.
Inner Planets

those with orbits between the Sun and asteroid belt
Outer Planets
orbit outside the asteroid belt
Terrestrial planets
made mainly of rocky material
Gaseous planets
made mainly of ice and gas
The Planets
Mercury
planet closest to the Sun
has no true atmosphere
surface temperatures are extreme
has many craters and long steep cliffs
Venus
second from Sun and similar to Earth in size and mass
extremely dense atmosphere of clouds causing intense greenhouse effect resulting in temps between 450 and 475 degrees Celsius
Earth
third planet from the Sun
water exists on Earth as solid, liquid, and gas
atmosphere protects surface from meteors and Sun's radiation
Mars
fourth planet from the Sun
called the red planet because of the iron oxide that is present in the surface rocks giving them a reddish color
thin atmosphere causing extreme temperatures, strong winds, and global dust storms
has polar ice caps, seasons, and other evidence that water is or was once present
Jupiter
largest planet in solar system
fifth planet from the Sun
atmosphere mostly hydrogen and helium
many high pressure gas storms with the most notable being the Great Red Spot
has at least 60 moons with four having their own atmosphere
Saturn
sixth planet from the Sun
second largest in solar system
thick outer rings of hydrogen, helium, ammonia, methane, and water vapor
31 moons, with largest moon, Titan, being larger than Mercury
Uranus
seventh planet from the Sun
large and gaseous
methane in atmosphere gives planet its blue-green color
has tilted axis of rotation moving around Sun like a rolling ball
Neptune
eighth planet from the Sun
has surface of frozen nitrogen and geysers that erupt nitrogen gas
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