Amazing Kids! Magazine

Sky’s the Limit

By Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Kids Editor


Our solar system consists of eight planets, all of which orbit around the sun, inside the elegant and ginormous Milky Way Galaxy. The only star in our solar system, however, is the sun. All the other stars you see at night are all too far away.

The hottest planet from the sun but the smallest in our system is Mercury. Due to its close range to the sun, there are no satellites. Mercury also has no atmosphere.

The next planet and the second brightest planet is Venus. A year on Earth is equal to a day on Venus! It consists of no moon.

The next planet is Earth. Earth is the only known planet that consists of all of the things that humans and animals as well as plants need to survive: air, food, and water, as well as suitable weather and a temperature not too hot or cold.

The next planet is Mars. The rover Curiosity has believed to have found water and ice caps on Mars. With it being close to Earth, scientists believe it may be suitable for humans to go there and live.

The next planet is Jupiter. With no solid ground and primarily made up of gases, as well as being a ginaroumus planet, it is primarily known as Gas Giant.

Up next it is Saturn. It is the only planet with rings. The rings are actually debris and ice floating in that form.

A planet that is visible to the naked eye is next, Uranus, unfortunately not that recognizable due to its slow orbit. What is interesting is that this was the first planet to be discovered with a use of a telescope.

After roughly 168 years on earth, it’s equal to one orbit for the next planet, Neptune, named after the Roman god of the sea. It has the second largest gravity (next to Jupiter).

The next planet, or should I say dwarf planet, is Pluto. In 2008, it was classified as a dwarf planet. With five known moons, Pluto is one-third water!

Some other things in space other than planets are our Asteroid Belt, first found in 1801 and consisting of small planets and asteroids.

In conclusion, we have a lot of planets in our solar system, some with very interesting facts. Who knows? Maybe in a few hundred years, humans might roam Mars or other planets.