Author: Jaclyn Chukwuma
Our solar system consists of 8 planets: Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn, Mars, Earth, Mercury, and Venus. Several people out there on planet Earth believe the Moon should be considered a planet. However, a broad definition of a planet states that planets are bodies that orbit the sun, which the moon does not. The moon is still clearly part of the solar system, but just not classified as a planet. The solar system and is made up of several different objects and fascinating things. For example, comets, galaxies, stars, and planets. Let me tell you a little more about that.
We live on planet Earth, the fifth largest planet in our solar system. It is also the third closest to the sun. Earth takes 365 days to orbit the sun once. Every 24 hours, Earth rotates--or spins--one time. “What about the moon?” you’re probably asking. Well, like I said before, the moon doesn’t orbit the sun. Though, it does orbit the earth and it takes approximately 27 days to do that. The moon played a very important role in American history. In 1969, America became the first nation to put a man on the moon. Venus was named for the Roman god of love and beauty. Living on Venus would be very stressful since the surface can maintain temperatures up to 480 degrees celsius. That’s about 863 degrees fahrenheit! Wowzers, that sure is hot!
Our solar system is very special for very special reasons. It gives people certain jobs to discover even more things about a solar system. Examples are aerospace engineers, computer scientists, astronauts, and many more. It allows families on Earth to save money with panels and solar energy from the sun. And most importantly, it helped exceed exhilarating milestones in different countries like in Russia, China, and especially here in the United States.