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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.