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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932910 08/01/20 10:04 PM
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Three beautiful planets - Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - are all visible to the unaided eye. If you have binoculars or a telescope, you can also see some of the moons and other features. Here's a beginner's guide to the planets which lie beyond Earth.

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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932920 08/05/20 09:02 AM
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Mars has no little green men, but it's a fascinating place. It has a mountain three times the height of Everest and a deep valley that dwarfs the Grand Canyon. Although Mars has no liquid water on the surface, if the southern polar icecap melted, it could cover the planet 36 feet deep in water.

Mars - Facts for Kids


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932921 08/05/20 09:05 AM
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Observers used to call them “vermin of the skies”. Asteroids weren't interesting and their streaks ruined sky photos. But no more! They can tell us about the early Solar System. One of them may have finished off the dinosaurs, and more could be coming our way.

Asteroid Facts for Kids


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932922 08/05/20 09:08 AM
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Bode's Law predicted a planet between Mars and Jupiter. The Sky Police were looking for it, but Giuseppe Piazzi found it on New Year's Day 1801. Then someone found another one. And another one. We know of hundreds of thousands of asteroids now. Discover Ceres - planet, asteroid and dwarf planet.

Ceres Facts for Kids


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932964 08/16/20 11:32 AM
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NASA's Dawn mission spent 14 months orbiting the asteroid Vesta. Vesta's an unusual object, too small to be a dwarf planet. Yet it has the Solar System's tallest mountain, and canyons as big as Earth's Grand Canyon. And it may help scientists to understand the early Solar System.

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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #933048 09/07/20 07:48 PM
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King of the Roman gods, comet-killer, two and a half times the mass of all the other planets put together, shortest day of any planet in the Solar System. It's Jupiter! Find out more.

Jupiter - Facts for Kids


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #933055 09/09/20 09:06 AM
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Jupiter has at least 79 moons. Some of them are only half a mile long, but one is bigger than the planet Mercury. Which moon has hundreds of volcanoes, and which one has a deep ocean under an icy surface? Find out here.

Jupiter's Moons – Facts for Kids


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #933070 09/12/20 07:59 PM
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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Angie] #933071 09/13/20 08:38 AM
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Wow, Angie, thanks for this. What a stunning collection of images.


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Re: The Solar System - for Kids & Others [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #933103 09/21/20 08:47 AM
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Jupiter's moon Europa seems to have a large ocean under its icy crust. Never mind Mars or Venus! Many scientists think that Europa would be a good place to look for life.

Europa - Facts for Kids


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