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Ch 1: Aspects of Our Solar System

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19 Lessons in Chapter 1: Aspects of Our Solar System
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About the Moon: Phases & Facts

1. About the Moon: Phases & Facts

Have you ever wondered if the moon is made of cheese? Learn the truth about the world's most famous satellite in this lesson packed with basic stats, orbit info, phase details, and other fun facts.

What is a Solar System? - Planets & Model

2. What is a Solar System? - Planets & Model

The solar system consists of all the matter that lies within the gravitational pull of the sun. This lesson will describe the formation of the solar system along with the objects in it. At the end there will be a quiz to test your knowledge.

Mercury: Facts & Retrograde

3. Mercury: Facts & Retrograde

Bigger is not always better. For example, just check out the tiniest planet in our solar system, Mercury. In this lesson you will learn that despite Mercury's miniature dimensions, it tops the others in several ways.

Meteor: Definition & Facts

4. Meteor: Definition & Facts

In this lesson you will learn what a meteor is, its composition, its origin, and how it is different from a meteoroid and a meteorite. A short quiz will follow.

Meteorite: Definition & Types

5. Meteorite: Definition & Types

Meteors are pieces of space debris that enter Earth's atmosphere. If they reach the Earth's surface, they are then known as meteorites. This article discusses meteorites, including their classifications and nomenclature.

Olympus Mons: Facts & Height

6. Olympus Mons: Facts & Height

If Mars is ever open for tourism, Earth's mountain climbers might be the first to sign up. In this lesson, you will get all the little details about Mars's big beast of a mountain, Olympus Mons.

Planet Uranus: Facts, Moons & Temperature

7. Planet Uranus: Facts, Moons & Temperature

Uranus is the third largest planet in the solar system. As a gas giant, Uranus is made of gaseous elements. This lesson will cover the properties of Uranus, and afterwards there will be a quiz to test your knowledge.

Saturn's Moon, Enceladus: Facts & Overview

8. Saturn's Moon, Enceladus: Facts & Overview

Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon in Saturn's orbit. It is interesting to astronomers because there is believed to be tectonic activity on the moon. This lesson will cover the facts of Enceladus.

About Venus: Overview

9. About Venus: Overview

You've likely heard the expression 'men are from Mars, women are from Venus.' While this may not be factually true, have you ever wondered if it would actually be possible to live on the second planet from the sun? Read on to learn more about Venus, and why we likely won't be moving there anytime soon.

Asteroid Belt: Definition & Facts

10. Asteroid Belt: Definition & Facts

Millions of miles away from the Earth, in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, hundreds of thousands of asteroids orbit the sun in what is known as the asteroid belt. Learn what defines the asteroid belt while discovering exciting facts about this region of space.

Charon Moon: Definition & Facts

11. Charon Moon: Definition & Facts

Moons are bodies that orbit planets naturally. In our solar system, Charon is one of the most mysterious and enigmatic moons. This article discusses Charon, its characteristics, and its relationship with Pluto, the twin planet.

Facts About Jupiter: Atmosphere, Temperature & Mass

12. Facts About Jupiter: Atmosphere, Temperature & Mass

If you think Texas is big, then you need to read this lesson! Stay tuned for facts about our solar system's largest planet, including its size, temperature, appearance, rings, and moons.

Facts About Pluto: Diameter & Orbit

13. Facts About Pluto: Diameter & Orbit

Pluto is the tenth largest planetary body in our solar system, and was one of the original nine planets until 2006. Much about Pluto is still unknown, and it is a major area of exploration for scientists. This lesson discusses some facts and characteristics about this celestial body.

Facts About Saturn: Rings, Temperature & Size

14. Facts About Saturn: Rings, Temperature & Size

Saturn is the sixth of the eight planets in our solar system. Saturn is a gas giant that is most famous for the rings that orbit it. This lesson will cover the properties of Saturn.

Jovian Planets: Definition & Characteristics

15. Jovian Planets: Definition & Characteristics

Our solar system consists of a variety of planets with many unique characteristics. In this lesson, we will explore the Jovian planets to learn about their fundamental characteristics.

Jupiter's Moon, Callisto: Facts & Overview

16. Jupiter's Moon, Callisto: Facts & Overview

Callisto is the second largest moon of Jupiter. It has many characteristics that make it important to scientists and astronomers. This lesson discusses several facts about Callisto, one of the Galilean Moons.

Jupiter's Moon, Ganymede: Facts & Diameter

17. Jupiter's Moon, Ganymede: Facts & Diameter

Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system, and the largest moon orbiting the planet Jupiter. It has many characteristics that are of interest to astronomers and scientists. In this lesson, we'll discuss Ganymede, its characteristics, and the facts that make it an interesting structure to study.

Mars: Facts & Overview

18. Mars: Facts & Overview

The best way to befriend a Martian is probably to understand where it is coming from. Luckily, you can quickly prepare with this crash course covering all the particulars about the planet Mars.

What is the Sun? - Facts, Layers & Temperature

19. What is the Sun? - Facts, Layers & Temperature

The sun is a big ball of gas, and it is responsible for giving us the light and heat we need to survive. Learn about the complex layers of the sun, where that energy and light originates, and the powerfully hot temperatures within our favorite star.

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