Earth

Earth

Well, here we are 93 million miles from the sun or 1 AU. Everybody you know or have known lives on this planet.  While Earth is only the fifth largest planet in the solar system, it is the only world in our solar system with liquid water on the surface. Just slightly...
Mars

Mars

Welcome to Mars. The fourth planet from the Sun, Mars is a dusty, cold, desert world with a very thin atmosphere. This dynamic planet has seasons, polar ice caps and weather and canyons and extinct volcanoes, evidence of an even more active past. Mars is one of the...
Jupiter

Jupiter

That was a little walk! We are now entering the part of our Solar System where the planets are made of gas. The first planet of this type is named for the head of all the gods in Greek mythology, Jupiter.  It is the largest of all the immediate planets, in fact, it is...
Saturn

Saturn

You have now arrived at one of the most interesting and well-loved planets, Saturn. Known for its beautiful rings. It is not the only planet to have rings—made of chunks of ice and rock—but none are as spectacular or as complicated as Saturn’s. Saturn orbits at...
Uranus

Uranus

Congratulations!  Did you realize it was Uranus? The first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star.  Uranus is made of water, methane, and...