The Milky Way

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The Milky Way

The Milky Way

The Sun

The Sun is the center of our solar system. It is what sustains life on our planet. The Sun is a giant ball of helium 4.6 billion years old. The Sun is a yellow drarf star 333,060 times Earth's mass.


Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. One year on Mercury is equal to 88 days on Earth. Mercury is composed of heavy metal and rock and is the only planet with a higher density than Earth. Temperatures on Mercury range from -173 degrees celcius to 427 degrees celcius and is the smallest planet in our solar system.


Venus has an atmosphere made of carbon dioxide and is often called Earth's sister planet. It is one of two planets in the solar system that rotates east to west intead of west to east. One Venus day is longer than one Venus year. Venus is the sixth largest and the hottest planet in our solat system.


Earth is around 4.6 billion years old and is the densest planet in our solar system.Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system with a diameter of 7,926 miles.Oceans cover 70% of Earth's surface and as far as we know Earth is the only planet sustaining life.


Mars is indentified by its rusty red color. It is the fourth plantet away from the Sun and is 35 million miles away from Earth. Mars has two moons and the largest volcano in the solar system. Temperatures on Mars range from 32 degrees fahrenheit to -148 degrees fahrenheit. One year on Mars is equal to 687 days on Earth.


Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the solar system. It has 62 moons and is less dense than water. One day on Saturn equals ten hours and fourteen minutes on Earth. Saturn if famous for its rings made of water, ice, rocks, dust, along with other chemicals. Saturn has an average temperature of -274 degrees fahrenheit and is the least dense planet in the solar system.

Jupiter is the larget planet in the solar system with a diameter of 86,881 miles and is 318 times Earth's mass. One year on Jupiter equals 12 days on Earth. Jupiter has 63 moons one of which is the biggest moon in the solar system. Along with being the biggest planet Jupiter also has the fastest rotation in the solar system. Jupiter is most famous for its 300 year old red spot which is really a giant storm. An uncommon fact about Jupiter is that it actually has rings just like Saturn but they are rarely visible.



Uranus' blue green color is due to it's hydrogen, helium, and methane filled atmosphere. Uranus is tipped on it's side so it's poles point toward the sun and its thirteen rings run verticly. Uranus is also one of two planets in the Milky Way that rotates east to west. One day on Uranus is equal to about 17 hours on Earth. Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system and has 27 moons.


Neptune is made up of hydrogen, helium, methane, ammonia, and water. Neptune is a very stormy planet and can have winds up to 1,200 miles per hour. Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and has a diameter of 49,493 kilometers. One day on Neptune is equal to 16 hours on Earth. Neptune has thirteen moons and multiple rings.

Size comparison of objects in the universe

Formation of the Milky Way Galaxy

By: Audrey Bankes


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