SOLAR SYSTEM SCAVENGER HUNT

You will be traveling through out the solar system on a scavenger hunt.  Your job is to bring back information from each planet.  As lead astronaut, you must record the data from your mission.  NASA is depending on the information you bring back.  GOOD LUCK!!!!  Let the count down begin!

 

1. You will begin your journey at the center of our solar system.  Read the information about the sun
                   to answer the following questions.

    What is the average temperature on the surface of the sun? _________________  If the average temperature on
    Earth is 7degrees Celsius, what is the difference between the two?__________________

    In reading about the sun, your commander ran across the word "solar flare".  He wants you to find out what this term means while
    you are at the sun. Solar flare means___________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 

2. Your trip will continue with the planet that is closest to the sun, Mercury.

    List 3 noticeable features that are found on the surface of Mercury.

        1._________________________________________________
        2._________________________________________________
        3._________________________________________________

    How long is a day on Mercury compared to a day on Earth? _________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

 

3.On with the journey, we can't stay in one place too long!  It is time to visit the planet that is 2nd in line, Venus!

 

    Venus is sometimes called Earth's "twin" or "sister planet".  Why do astronomers say this about these two planets?
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    What gas makes up most of the atmosphere on Venus?  ____________________________
    What does that gas do to the temperature on Venus?________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

 

4.  We are going to fly by the third planet, Earth, for right now. We will talk about Earth after we return from the last planet.  Wave as you go by!  The next planet we will stop and visit is the planet, Mars.



    Mars has an interesting name, because it is named after a Roman god.  After you have read about Mars, tell me
    the name of the god and what it stands for._______________________________________________________

    Why do you think they named the planet after that Roman god?______________________________________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    List two additional facts about Mars that you learned from this travel.
    1.________________________________________________________________________________________
    2.________________________________________________________________________________________

 

5. WOW!  Do you see the size of this next planet?  Jupiter has to be the largest planet in the solar
                    system. 

    Jupiter has a giant, red spot on it.  What do astronomers think it is?_______________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    The commander has heard that Jupiter has 38 satellites. He wants to know what a satellite is and if any of them
    have anything special on them.________________________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

6. You are half way through your journey of the planets. There are four more planets to research before
                  you return home.  Planet number six, Saturn, is said to be a beautiful planet. 

    The commander thinks it is because of the rings that surround the planet.  Describe the rings around Saturn.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    Saturn has more moons than any other planets.  Find two and tell an interesting fact about each.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

 

Uranus7.  Your progress though the solar system is awesome!  You are going above and beyond what the
                commander has asked.  The commander has recovered some information from a past mission to
                Uranus. He needs you to complete the following tasks to gather the necessary in formation about the
                7th planet from the sun.

    Read through the list of tasks at the end of the Uranus information.  Complete the Uranus cloze activity.  Send
    the results to your commander (teacher).

    Explain how the rotation of Uranus is different than the other planets in the solar system. __________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

 

8. The second to last planet in our solar system is the planet, Neptune.  Keep going you are almost home! 

 

    Read the information about Neptune you will find that Neptune is the last of a certain type of planet.  What is
   the name given to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune?  __________________________________________
 

   Compare the length of a day and year on  Neptune to Venus.  What are you able to determine? _____________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

9. You have reached the last planet in your journey.  Continue to proceed your mission with care.  You are an extremely
                    long way from where you began.  Finish collecting your information on Pluto


    There are three basic facts about Pluto that are found about Pluto.  Give a brief summary of the facts.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    What makes Pluto a difficult planet to study?__________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

 

10.  You have successfully completed your mission to find facts from all the planets.  You have arrived back on Earth
                       safely.  The commander was very pleased with your results.  However, the commander needs to make a presentation to
                       the President on your findings.  You have two things left to do.

    You must make three comparisons between Earth and the other planets.________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    You must find three contrasts between Earth and the other planets. ___________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________________________________

 

   

 

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