Introduction to Solar Sciences

This course will introduce Solar and Planetary science concepts.

Introduction to Our Solar Science

Introduction to the Sun

Introduction to the Sun 

English – Sun

Spanish – Sol

French – Soleil

German - Sonne

The Sun is a star found at the center of the Solar System.The Sun provides light and warmth to Planet Earth.

At around 865,000 miles wide, the Sun’s diameter is about 110 times wider than Earth’s.

The average distance from the Sun to the Earth is around 93,205,678 miles.

The Sun’s surface temperature is around 9941 degrees Fahrenheit, so pack plenty of sunscreen if you plan on visiting.

Light from the Sun reaches Earth in around 8 minutes.

How long does it take from light to travel from the Sun to the Earth?

Eclipses

There is an ancient story about
a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon.

The big cat's attack explained the blood-
red color that the moon turned during a

lunar eclipse.

This video explains the real story of Eclipses

Introduction to our Solar System

Solar System Song

Introduction to our Solar System Knowledge Check

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune

Introduction to our Solar System Knowledge Check

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptun

Introduction to our Galaxy

The Milky Way

We live in one of the arms of a large spiral galaxy called the Milky Way. The Sun and its planets (including Earth) lie in this quiet part of the galaxy, about half way out from the center.

The Milky Way is shaped like a huge whirlpool that rotates once every 200 million years. It is made up of at least 100 billion stars, as well as dust and gas. It is so big that light takes 100 000 years to cross from one side to the other.

What is the name of our galaxy?

  • Milky Way
  • Spiral Galaxy

What is at the center of our Solar System?

  • The Earth
  • A Black Hole
  • The Sun
  • The Moon

What happens when the Moon block out the Sun?

  • A Solar Eclipse
  • A Lunar Eclipse