Printable pictures of planets are useful for educating and engaging kids in astronomy and space exploration. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration suggests using printable pictures in the classroom to create models of the solar system and to teach astronomy to young children.Continue Reading
As opposed to displaying them on a monitor, printing out pictures of planets provides students with an opportunity to use the pictures for interactive lessons, including those comparing planets by size and color. NASA suggests using pictures rather than three-dimensional models for children below grade 5. Many printable pictures, such as those available from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, come with informational materials that provide additional details and explanations for the pictures.
Students can use different printed pictures to observe planets during different times in their rotations and orbits. Students can make comparisons by using pictures taken by different methods, such as infrared imaging, spectroscopy and elevation mapping. Students can also use modern pictures, such as those from the Hubble Telescope, and compare them to images from early technology and even imagined drawings from the past. NASA also suggests using interactive pictures as a way to draw in otherwise uninterested students by providing arts and crafts-related activities. NASA suggests that students use pictures of other planets as prompts for creative writing assignments.Learn more about Planets
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and has more than double the mass of the other planets in the solar system combined. Being the largest and most massive planet in the solar system isn't Jupiter's only distinction, though, as the gas giant is distinguished in several unique ways.Full Answer >
One rhyme to remember the planets is "Amazing Mercury is closest to the Sun, Hot, hot Venus is the second one, Earth comes third; it’s not too hot, Freezing Mars awaits an astronaut, Jupiter is bigger than all the rest, Sixth comes Saturn, its rings look best, Uranus and Neptune are big gas balls, Tiny Pluto is the last planet of all." As well as using rhymes to remember the order of the planets, there are also a good selection of mnemonics available.Full Answer >
The nine planets in order are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and, if it's still considered the ninth planet, Pluto. However, not only has Pluto been demoted to a dwarf planet by some astronomers, but its orbit is so eccentric that there are times when it's closer to the sun than Neptune.Full Answer >
The planets, with the exception of dwarf planet Pluto, lie in the same relatively flat plane because the solar system formed from a collapsing disk of spinning material 4.5 billion years ago. A cloud of material condensed into an accretion disk of matter that spun around the sun, and particles that did not coalesce into planetary bodies were blown away by strong solar winds.Full Answer >