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The Sun is at the centre of our Solar System. This incredible star is massive, incredibly hot and gives off the light and heat that makes life on Earth possible.

Our Earth is one of four rocky planets that are the closest to the Sun. The others are Mercury, Venus and Mars.

Teach your children other fascinating facts about space using our handy topic guide!

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Space Facts

  • The Solar System was formed about 4.6 billion years ago.
  • The Russian satellite Sputnik was the very first man made object to be spent into space when it was launched into orbit in 1957.
  • Venus spins in the opposite direction to all of the other planets in our Solar System.
  • Because there is no wind on the moon, the footprints of the Apollo astronauts will be there for millions of years.
  • Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars, is three times taller than Mount Everest.

Videos

Space Rocks

Find out about the different kinds of space rock in this short video from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Running time: 2:20

Solar System 101

How man planets are in the solar system? Find out with this video from National Geographic.

Running time: 4:10

Planets Song

Learn the names and order of the planets with this catchy song.

Running time: 3:48

Cosmic Classroom

Watch Tim Peake’s Cosmic Classroom lesson from the International Space Station.

Running time: 20:11

Books

George's Secret Key to the Universe

A roller coaster adventure through the mysteries of the universe.

I Love You, Michael Collins

In this funny book, Mamie writes to the Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, who stayed in space and did not walk on the moon.

You Choose in Space

An amazing space adventure where you get to choose what happens next.

On the Moon

A beautiful picture book about the moon landings for younger children.

Man on the Moon: a day in the life of Bob

Follow the daily adventures of Bob, everyone’s favourite man on the moon.

The Skies Above My Eyes

Discover the amazing worlds above us.

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

The incredible story of the exploration of the red planet.

Knowledge Encyclopedia Space!

This space encyclopedia explores the universe in amazing detail.

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