Ch 3.2 - Inner or Terrestrial Planets

(rocky, smaller, less satellites, faster, warmer)

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Mercury
  • craters everywhere
  • smallest of the planets
  • fastest revolving planet
  • no natural satellites (moons)

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Venus
  • Earth's size twin
  • thick, toxic atmosphere
  • no moons
  • rotates retrograde (opposite the other planets- clockwise)

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Earth
  • size twin to Venus
  • only planet with life
  • only planet with liquid water
  • 93 million miles from Sun
  • one natural satellite, Moon, about 1/50th Earth's volume

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Mars
  • "the red planet"
  • 2 moons: Phobos & Deimos
  • polar ice caps
  • thin atmosphere

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Ch. 3.3 - Outer or Gas Giant Planets


(Gaseous, large, more satellites, slower, cooler)


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Jupiter
  • king of the planets (largest)
  • most moons
  • giant red storm spot
  • highest gravity

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Saturn
  • second largest
  • solid icy dust rings

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Uranus
  • Neptune's size twin
  • tipped over (rotates like a toilet paper roll)
  • vertical gas rings
  • methane

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Neptune
  • Uranus' size twin
  • icy blue planet
  • methane
  • giant blue storm spot


Diameter of the Planets

Planet Diameter in KM
Mercury 4,880
Venus 12,104
Earth 12,756
Mars 6,794
Jupiter 142,984
Saturn 120,536
Uranus 51,118
Neptune 49,532
Pluto 2,274

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