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The Position of the Planets

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The Position of the Planets

Earth & Space Science

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You will get to learn about the many celestial objects found in our solar system, including planets, moons, meteors, and asteroids.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the positions of the planets as a physical property of the planets.

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Where is our solar system located?

~ Our solar system lies within the Orion-Cygnus Arm, which is a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy.

Which planets in our solar system are considered the inner planets? What is a distinguishing characteristic of each of these planets? What other name is given to this group of planets and why?

~ Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are called the inner planets because they are the closest to the sun.

Mercury is the smallest and closest planet to the sun. Venus is the planet most like Earth. Earth is the only planet in the entire universe known to contain life, and Mars is called the red planet.

The inner planets are also called the terrestrial planets, or rocky planets, because of their proximity and similarity to Earth.

Which planets in our solar system are considered the outer planets?

~ Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are called the outer planets because they are farther from the sun than the inner planets.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define asteroid belt, planet, and solar system.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary asteroid belt, planet, solar system