Solar System

Resources

Mars Perseverance rover

Exploration of the Planets in the Solar System

Learn about how spacecraft have helped us learn about our Solar System.
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Exploration of the Planets in the Solar System

Pluto lit by a distant Sun

Meet Our Dwarf Planets

Learn about the dwarf planets in our Solar System.
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Meet Our Dwarf Planets

Jupiter’s atmosphere taken from NASA's Juno spacecraft

The Outer Solar System

Learn about the amazing planets and moons of the outer Solar System.
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The Outer Solar System

Timothy Burkhart

Query a Career Profile

Students will explore career profiles and relate them to what they are learning in science class.
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Query a Career Profile

Cross-section of the Earth showing layers.

Why does the Earth have Layers?

An in-depth look at how the Earth got its layers.
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Why does the Earth have Layers?

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Why is it colder in the winter even though the Earth is closer to the Sun?

Learn why we have seasons in this hands on activity.
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Why is it colder in the winter even though the Earth is closer to the Sun?

What would happen if a meteor hit Earth?

What would happen if a meteor hit Earth?

Explore the effects of asteroid impacts in this hands on activity.
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What would happen if a meteor hit Earth?

The planet Mars

What is your weight on another planet?

Do you weigh the same on Jupiter as you do on Earth? Learn to calculate your weight on a different planet.
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What is your weight on another planet?

Asteroids

Where Can We Find Asteroids and Comets?

This backgrounder explains the difference between planets, dwarf planets and small solar system bodies, such as asteroids and comets.
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Where Can We Find Asteroids and Comets?