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Our Solar System: Comparing Two Planets

PART 1: Answer the following questions based on the information you find on the website.
A) Name of Planet A: _____________________ B) Pick another planet (Planet B): ____________

How many moons does Planet A have? How many moons does Planet B have?
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How long does it take for Planet A to orbit the How long does it take for Planet B to orbit the
sun? _____________________________ sun? _____________________________

Briefly describe Planet A’s surface. Briefly describe Planet B’s surface.
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PART 2: Notice how the distance from the sun is constantly changing. You will need a clock or stopwatch
and a calculator to answer the following questions.
a) Note the “Distance from Sun” and the time. a) Note the “Distance from Sun” and the time.
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b) After exactly two minutes, repeat a) b) After exactly two minutes, repeat a)
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c) How many miles did Planet A travel in 2 mins? c) How many miles did Planet B travel in 2 mins?
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Convert c) to kilometres. Since 1 mile = 1.60934 Convert c) to kilometres. Since 1 mile = 1.60934
km, multiply your answer from c) by 1.60934 km, multiply your answer from c) by 1.60934

Planet A traveled______________ km in 2 mins Planet B traveled______________ km in 2 mins

PART 3: Let’s compare Planet A and Planet B


Which planet has more moons? _______________________________________________
Which planet takes less time to orbit the sun? ____________________________________
Compare both planets’ surfaces. How are they different? How are they similar?
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Which planet traveled a greater distance in 2 minutes? ______________________________