Published on 06 Oct 2012 | over 5 years ago
Solar System Video showing the 8 planets of the Solar System orbiting the Sun. As we move out from Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, towards the gas giant planets of the outer Solar System, each of the planets take longer to orbit the sun.
The planets in order of size are;
When listed in terms of distance from the Sun, the order is as follows;
All of the planets orbit the Sun in an anti-clockwise direction. Most also rotate on their axis in an anti-clockwise direction. The exceptions to this rule are;
Uranus - Which rotates on it's end like a bowling ball
Venus - Which rotates clockwise, but very slowly.
Venus rotates so slowly that a day on planet Venus is longer than a year!
The planet with the fastest rotation in Jupiter, which rotates every 10 hours. So fast that it causes the planet to flatten out a little.
In this Solar System video, the distance between the planets is not to scale. In the real Solar System the distances are vast.
The size of the planets in this Solar System video is also just an indication of their relative size. In reality Jupiter is many more times the size of the Earth.
The planets would also not create shadows on each other as they do in this video.
Other bodies that exist in the Solar System but are not included in this Solar System video include, The Dwarf Planets (of which Pluto is one), The asteroid belt (which sits between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter), and the Ort Cloud (which sits beyond the orbit of Neptune)
I hope you find this Solar System useful. Feel free to use it for educational purposes in your classroom when teaching kids about the Solar System.
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