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Mercury
1st planet from the sun. Mercury is very hot because it is so close to the sun.
YEAR: Mercury revolves quickly. It takes 88 days to orbit the sun.
DAY: Mercury rotates slowly. One day on Mercury is 59 earth days long.
Mercury was named after the Roman God Mercury, messenger of the gods, thought to move quickly between heaven and earth.
Uranus
7th planet from sun
YEAR: It takes 84 earth years for Uranus to revolve around the sun.
DAY: 17 hours, 8 minutes
The tilting planet; looks blue-green in color.
Named for Uranus,an ancient sky god.
Saturn
6th planet from the sun
YEAR: 29 1/2 earth years
DAY: 10 hours, 39 minutes
Saturn's rings are made of dust, rocks and ice.
Named for Saturn, the Roman god of farming.
Jupiter
5th planet from the sun; largest planet in our solar system.
YEAR: 12 earth years
DAY: 9 hours, 55 minutes
Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a hurricane three times as wide as the earth.
Named for Jupiter, the most important Roman god.
Earth
3rd planet from the sun.
YEAR: about 365 days to orbit the sun
DAY: 24 hours
Earth is the "living planet," designed to support life - plants, animals, and human beings.
From Old English word, "earthe," which means "land"
Mars
4th planet from sun.
YEAR: one year and 101/2 months
DAY: 24hours, 37 minutes
Known as the "Red Planet."
Mars has no atmosphere or water.
Named for Mars, the Roman god of war
Pluto
9th planet from the sun.
YEAR: It takes Pluto 248 earth years to revolve around the sun
DAY: 6 earth days
Named for Pluto, the Roman god of the dead.
Neptune
8th planet from the sun
YEAR: Neptunes takes 165 earth years to revolve around the sun.
DAY: 16 hours, 7 minutes
Scientists think Neptune's center may be made of slush and rocks.
Named for Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
Venus
2nd planet from the sun.
YEAR: 225 earth days
DAY: 243 earth days. Venus rotates slowly.
Earth's "twin" (similar in size)
Named for Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.