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The Solar System
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The Solar System

Author: Nathan Lampson

This lesson will develop a map of the solar system in proportion to the distance between the planets.

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The word solar means relating to the sun.  All of the celestial objects that orbit the sun are known as the solar system.  Scientists who study celestial objects, including those in the solar system, are known as astronomers.  Astronomers study groups of stars in the sky called constellations as well as the planetary bodies that orbit them.


This is a list of planets found in our solar system as well as the distances between them.  A scale model is provided in order to illustrate the relative size and distance between the planets.

The Sun (8 inch diameter ball)

57,000,000km (10 walking paces away from the sun)

Mercury (size of a pinhead)

50,290,000km (9 more paces)

Venus (size of a peppercorn)

41,400,000km (7 more paces)

Earth (size of a peppercorn)

78,340,000km (14 more paces)

Mars (size of a pinhead)

550,390,000km (95 more paces)

Jupiter (size of a pecan)

651,070,000km (112 more paces)

Saturn (size of an acorn)

1,441,590,000km (249 more paces)

Uranus (size of a coffee bean)

1,441,590,000km (281 more paces)

Neptune (size of a peanut)


This image depicts the planets included in our solar system, however, the size of the planets and the distance between them is not accurate.

The Solar System