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!
- Use our Neil Armstrong fact cards to research the life of the first man on the moon. Challenge your children to add additional facts to the blank cards.
- Try our teaching ideas for the short film Tom, about an astronaut about to return to Earth.
- In this challenging NRICH activity, children work outside make their own scale model of the solar system.
- These lesson plans from BBC Stargazing Live cover ideas for looking at the solar system, phases of the moon, seasons, rockets and telescopes.
- Create a timeline of space firsts using this interesting information.
- Build your own moon habitat for astronauts to live in.
- Design and build your own spaceship.
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- 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.
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
Learn the names and order of the planets with this catchy song.
Running time: 3:48
Watch Tim Peake’s Cosmic Classroom lesson from the International Space Station.
Running time: 20:11
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