The Planet Neptune
Solar System

The Planet Neptune

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*In 1846, English astronomer John C. Adams and Frencnman Urbain Le Verrier are credited with discovering the planet Neptune. It is also the first planet to be discovered through mathematical prediction after it was noticed […]

The Planet Uranus
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The Planet Uranus

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, the third largest in our solar system (51,488km wide) and the last planet that can be seen with the naked eye. *Although Uranus can be seen without […]

The Planet Saturn
Solar System

The Planet Saturn

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*Saturn is named after the Roman god of fertility and agriculture, whose Greek equivalent was Cronos, the god of time. *It is the second biggest planet in the solar system after Jupiter, and is around […]

The Planet Mars
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The Planet Mars

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*Mars is named after the Roman god of war because its red appearance resembles the colour of blood. In actual fact, its reddish hue is the result of an abundance of iron oxide, otherwise known […]

The Planet Earth
Solar System

The Planet Earth

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*The Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the only planet in the Solar System not named after a mythical god. *The planet is the densest body in the solar system, and its […]

The Planet Venus
Solar System

The Planet Venus

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*The planet Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Its association with the goddess probably stems from it being the brightest object in the night sky, after the Moon, and thus […]

The Planet Mercury
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The Planet Mercury

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*As well as being the closest planetto the Sun, Mercury (4,878km wide) is also the smallest planet in the solar system, similar in size to our Moon (3475.6km wide) and 2/5 the size of Earth. […]

Interesting Facts About Ursa Major
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Interesting Facts About Ursa Major

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

The Great Bear In Latin, “ursus” means bear, while in Greek the word is “arktos”, hence the name Arctic (“bearish”) which describes the far northern region of the Earth where the constellation of Ursa Major […]

The Planet Jupiter
Solar System

The Planet Jupiter

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*The planet Jupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods whose Greek counterpart was Zeus. It is the biggest planet in our solar system, which is where it derived its association with the […]

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