Earth & Space Science
You will discover and learn about the many celestial objects found in our solar system, including planets, moons, meteors, and asteroids.
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:
How long does it take each planet in our solar system to revolve around the sun? Why do you think this is the case?
· Mercury - 88 Earth days
· Venus - 225 Earth days
· Earth - 365 days
· Mars - 687 Earth days
· Jupiter - 12 Earth years
· Saturn - 29 Earth years
· Uranus - 84 Earth years
· Neptune - 165 Earth years
~ The planets closest to the sun have smaller orbits than the planets farther from the sun. Therefore, it takes the closest planets less time to travel around the sun than the farthest planets.
Which planet takes the longest amount of time to complete one full rotation on its axis? Which planet takes the shortest? How long does each of these planets take?
~ It takes Venus about 243 Earth days to make one complete rotation on its axis. This is the longest of all the planets. Jupiter takes about 10 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis. This is the shortest of all the planets.
What is unique about Venus's and Uranus's rotations on their axes?
~ Venus and Uranus rotate on their axes in a clockwise direction, while all the other planets rotate on their axes in a counterclockwise direction.
|Approximate Time||2 Minutes|
|Pre-requisite Concepts||Students should have a general understanding of planets and solar systems.|
|Course||Earth & Space Science|
|Type of Tutorial||Animation|
|Key Vocabulary||planet, solar system,|