Hey everybody! How are you? Today I am going to talk to you about 8 of the planets. The first planet I want to write about today is Jupiter. It is the biggest planet in our solar system. It is 39,482 miles bigger than Earth. Jupiter is named after the king of Roman God. If you weigh 100 lbs. on earth, you would weigh 264 lbs. on Jupiter. Another fact in my research that I have found is that the mass of Jupiter is 70% of all the other planets in the solar system. You can fit 100 earths in Jupiter’s storm! Amazing! Now even though it isn’t visible, Jupiter has its own ring. The big red spot which is a storm, has been going on for over 300 years! Jupiter has over 60 known moons, even though most of the moons are small. One of Jupiter’s moons is called Europa, and that moon has potential for alien life. Aliens!
Next planet I am going to write about today is Uranus. It was found and made by a man named William Herschel. The atmosphere in Uranus is mostly composed of Hydrogen and Helium and it has a little amount of Methane. Uranus has two sets of rings. Nine inner rings, and 2 outer rings. A spacecraft has gone to Uranus once. The spacecraft was called Voyager 2. It is the seventh planet in our solar system. Plus it was named after Greek God Ouranos. The planet is blue-green in color, and tilted to the point, that it is on its side. This is all of the info that I have found on Uranus today.
Next planet I want to talk about is Mars. It is quite a good planet to study, especially now since we are trying to make houses and settle in there. Mars isn’t that much bigger than Earth, and it is a very close planet as well. Even though people are trying to settle down there, there is only 37% of gravity on Mars. Also on Mars is the tallest mountain in our solar system!!!!Something surprising is that there have only been 16 trips to mars! Did you know that there have been pieces of mars found earth? It takes its name from the Roman God of war. Its surface is made of iron oxide dust and rocks(reddish). In science class I also learned that the wind on mars is so windy that the wind could rip your skin off!
My fourth planet that I am going to talk about is Venus. Venus is the sister planet of Earth, and is almost the same size. But no one can live in Venus because of its heat and lava. There are 225 days in a year for Venus, compared to our 365 days in a year. And also because of its heat and color, it is the second brightest object in the night sky. Did you know that Venus is known as the Morning Star and Evening Star? It is also the hottest planet in our solar system. The Russians made the first attempt to go to Venus. But because of its thick atmosphere, it burst even before it could go into the clouds. Venus got its name from the Roman goddess of love.
Next planet to talk about is Mercury. Mercury’s year is about 88 days long, and is the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury has wrinkles. The wrinkles are cooled and contracted, and that is what causes the them. It also has a molten core. Something also weird is that even though Mercury is closer to the sun than Venus, Venus is hotter than Mercury. And something else to think about is, do you think that the Moon has a lot of craters? Well Mercury is the planet with the most craters. Plus on top of that only two spacecrafts have ever visited Mercury. It is named after the the Roman God of messengers.
Of course, the beautifully ringed planet we have to talk about know is… Saturn!!! Saturn is able to withstand the rings because in reality, it isn’t really rings! Actually it is rocks that circulate all around Saturn, and because Saturn also moves, it looks like it is rings. The magnetic field around Saturn is very powerful. It is 578 times stronger than Earth’s magnetic field! Also Saturn is quite a lot bigger than Earth. It was found by Galileo in 1610. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture. Saturn also has many moons. Saturn is NOT a peaceful planet, and when I say that, I mean the winds go up to 800 kph! Saturn is a gas giant.
Next is Neptune. It is 17.5 times the mass of earth, and also approximately 2 billion miles away. It took so long that it took Voyager 2, 12 yrs to get there. Neptune is blue because of the methane in it. Once Neptune had a huge dot just like Jupiter. So far that scientists knows, there is 19 moons for Neptune. Neptune also has a rocky core. Also Neptune is the stormiest planet! And Neptune is 30 times farther from the sun than Earth is. It is so far away, that one year for Neptune is 165 earth years! As you should know, Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea.
And last is our home planet, Earth. Earth is fascinating planet, because it is able to hold so many life forms, and that is what makes this planet special. In this planet is our home, our schools, our life, our friends, our family, and our shops! Without Earth, none this would be real. This blog wouldn’t be real, our friends, nothing! The speed of Earths revolution is getting slower and slower. But do not worry, it will be over 140 million years before a day becomes 25 hours in a day! As you should know, with all our pride and glory, and one point in time, earth was considered the center of the universe. Also Earth has quite a powerful magnetic field. Earth isn’t, after all, named after a god! And out of all of the other planets, earth has the greatest density.One thing I have a question about is why all the other moons have names, but ours doesn’t. Can you answer that and leave a comment below? Thanks, bye!