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Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

Our solar system describes the eight planets orbiting the sun. Satellites, dwarf planets as well as comets and asteroids are also assigned to the solar system floating around the sun. Do you want to learn more about the solar system for kids? Here we go – have a look at all the planets. Want to watch a video instead? Just scroll down below.

At the bottom of the post, a cool freebie is waiting for you: a pennant with which you can remember the order of the planets. Have fun cutting and crafting! But now let’s explore:

Mercury – the first planet

Solar System Mercury | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

The first planet in our solar system is Mercury. It is closest to the Sun and at the same time the smallest planet in our solar system. Its surface looks very similar to the moon, it is riddled with craters.

Venus – the second planet

Solar System Venus | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

Venus is the second planet in our solar system. It is the hottest planet in the solar system and has a volcanic landscape. Venus got its name from the goddess of love and beauty.

Earth – the third planet

Solar System Earth | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

The third planet in the solar system is our Earth. It is two thirds covered with water and therefore also called the blue planet. According to scientists’ calculations, the Earth is already 4.6 billion years old. Did you know? The moon of the earth moves 3 cm away from the earth every year.

Mars – the fourth planet

Solar System Mars | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

The fourth planet in the solar system is Mars. It is also called the red planet because of its iron oxide dust surface. Gravity on the surface of Mars is 38 percent of Earth gravity, so you are much lighter than on Earth. So far there have been 18 successful Mars missions (2019).

Jupiter – the fifth planet

Solar System Jupiter | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

The largest planet in our solar system is Jupiter. Its surface is made of gas and it spins very fast. Almost 80 Jupiter moons are known (2020).

Saturn – the sixth planet

Solar System Saturn | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

Saturn, our sixth planet in the solar system, is the second largest planet. It also has a gaseous surface composed mainly of helium. The rings of Saturn can be seen from the Earth.

Uranus – the seventh planet

Solar System Uranus | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

Uranus, the seventh planet in our solar system is called the ice giant. It can get as cold as -407 degree Fahrenheit. It is the only planet that turns on its side. Its atmosphere consists among other things of methane, which makes it look blue-green.

Neptune – the eighth planet

Solar System Neptune | Explore the wonderful solar system for kids

The eighth and last planet is Neptune. It is the most distant planet from the sun. It is dark, cold and very windy. Flowing icy materials are wrapped around a solid core.

A short video about the solar system for kids

Interested in watching a video which summarizes the most important facts about the solar system for kids? Watch it here.

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Luna9

Monday 22nd of June 2020

Lovely illustrations! My niece loved them. She's very interested in the solar systems and says she wants to be an astronaut some day. We really enjoyed this post, thank you :)

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