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Motion of the Planets

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Motion of the Planets

Earth & Space Science

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You will discover and learn about the many celestial objects found in our solar system, including planets, moons, meteors, and asteroids.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the movement of the planets, which is a physical characteristic of the planets.

Everything You'll Have Covered

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.

Tutorial Details

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,