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The Solar System and The Terrestrial Planets

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The Solar system
Astroid belt
contains rock bodies known as astoroids. small flying mountains. they are mostly located between the orbits of mars and jupiter. orbital periods of 3 to 6 years. Venus
The vieled planet
named for the goddess of love and beauty
covered in thick clouds that visible light cannot
penetrate.
basaltic volcanism and tectonic activity shape
venus's surface. 80% of venus's surface comsists
of plains covered by volcanic flows. Was considered
to be a possible habitat for living things. but it is unlikely
for things to live there becuase temps.there reeach
475 degrees C. atmosphere is 97% carbon dioxide. Earth
livable habitats
human life
contains volcanic activity
And tectonic plates
and others.
Mars
A.k.a the red planet
has White polar caps
can see it through telescope.
appears as red ball
areas on mars show drainage patterns similar to those created by streams on earth. Evidence of water Jupiter
Giant among plants. jupiter has a mass that is 2 1/2
times greater than the mass of all the other planets and moons combined.
is covered by multi colored bands. and has a great red spot. the great red spot is a cyclonic storm. has 4 moons.
Saturn
the elegant planet
29.46 earth years to make
one revolution
saturn is about twice as far from
the sun as jupiter.
atmosphere is very active
winds up to 15oo kilometers per hour
11 additional moons
has large cyclonic storms like jupiter
moons are in saturns rings
titan is the largest moon and is bigger than mercury
Uranus: sidewayz planet
Instead of being generally
perpendicular to the plane of its
orbit like the other planets. Uranus's
axis of rotation lies nearly parallel with
the planet of its orbit.
has a ring system
Neptune pluto:
lies on the fringe of the solar system.
it is ten thousand times to dim to be visible to the unaided eye
discovered in 1930.
Orbited by moon charon
Smallest planet in the solar system. 2300 kilometers. Neptune:
is the most windiest place in the
solar system. winds exceed 1ooo kilometers per hour.
has an earth -size blemish called the great dark. there are white cirrus like clouds that take over a layer of the cloud deck. Triton is Neptunes largest moon. triton has the lowest surface temp. in the solar system whick is -200 degrees. Even though it has low surface temps it has volcanic activity. Mercury
is the second smallest planet
Innermost planet
hardly smaller than earths moon
has cratered highlands like the moon
mercury has the greatest temp.
extremes of any planet.

sun
made up of gas.
no sharp bounderies exist between
its variuous layers
gives off extreme light
chromosphere-thin layer of hot gases that appear
as a red rim around the sun.
Corona (crown) the outermost portion of the solar atmoshpere.
Solar flares are brief out birst that normally last about an hour and
appear as a sudden brightening of the region above a sunspot cluster.
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