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Solar System

The Solar System consists of the Sun and everything that orbits around it, including the planets, their moons, the dwarf planets, asteroids, Kuiper belt objects, comets, meteoroids, interplanetary dust and gas. There are eight planets and five dwarf planets, with their 173 known moons in our solar system. A continuous flow of plasma from the Sun, called solar wind, permeates the solar system.
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Birth of our Solar System
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Our solar system was born about 4.6 billion year ago in a very large cloud of dust and gas. The video recreates the spectacular event.

Exploring our backyard, the Solar System - part 1
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Solar System for kids - In this lesson discover the scale and structure of the Solar System, and explore our local celestial neighborhood.

Exploring our backyard, the Solar System - part 2
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The Solar System: A Brief Glance
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The lesson on solar system explores : The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and finally our own planet Earth.

How Big Is Our Solar System?
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Our solar system is a tiny speck in our galaxy. But it took Voyager 1 about 35 years to enter interstellar space! Find out if it has left our solar system, and how big the solar system really is.

Why Is the Solar System Flat?
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Do you ever wonder why the galaxies, Saturn's rings and our solar system, all appear so flat? Find out why they turn out flat when they have all of 3D space to choose from.

Facts About Our Solar System
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Discover 25 amazing facts about our solar system.

The Sun
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Learn about the Sun - the most important star for us in the galaxy, it provides the heat and light to sustain life on Earth.

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Find out about Mercury - the innermost and smallest planet in the Solar System.

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Learn about the planet Venus.

Venus - The Brightest Planet
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How much do you know about the planet Venus?

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Lesson on planet Earth, third planet from the Sun. It is the only planet known with the right environment for life to evolve in the oceans, green plants to produce breathable air, and animal life to flourish.

The Moon
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Find out about Earth's only natural satellite - the Moon.

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Discover all about the red planet and the possibility of life on Mars.

Mars - The Red Planet
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An amazing photographic collection of Mars, shot from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, HiRISE camera.

Jupiter - The Largest Planet
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Lesson on Jupiter - It explores Jupiter's role as the gravitational heavyweight of our solar system, and takes a tour of its fascinating moons and the big red spot.

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Learn about Saturn - a truly unique, second-largest planet in the solar system with magnificent rings.

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Discover interesting facts about the giant planet Uranus.

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Explore and learn about planet Neptune, the last of the gas giants in our solar system.

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Learn some quite interesting facts about the dwarf planet Pluto.

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Any More?
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An astronomer explains why Pluto got... well... plutoed!

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Explore fascinating facts about meteorites. Find out where meteorites come from, and what they can tell us about the solar system's beginnings.

Can We Survive the Sun's Death?
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Our sun will die in a few billion years and become a red giant. Does humanity stand a chance against the Sun's ultimate fate?

Massive Solar Storms
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Go inside the eye of a solar storm, and find out how scientists predict them in order to protect astronauts and satellites in space.

Exploring the Moons in our Solar System
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A presentation about all the natural satellites in the solar system. Currently, there are 327 formally classified moons orbiting the eight planets and five dwarf planets.

Earth's History in Just 24 Hours!
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Find out how Earth's 4.5 billion year history would look if we stuffed it into just a normal day's 24 hour time-frame.

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