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Solar System
The Family of the Sun

Solar System
Solar System


The Family of the Sun
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.84

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    credit, solar, system, gravity, lightweight, asteroid, rotation, unique, orbit, collapse, region, outer, bits, lighter, billion, photo
     content words:    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


The Family of the Sun
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Photo credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 
2     Our solar system is a group of eight major planets and their moons circling the sun. But that's not all! There are some dwarf planets (such as Pluto), rocky asteroids, and icy comets that are part of our solar system, too. Our sun is really a star, just like the twinkling stars we see in the sky at night. Those stars are very far away. Not much of their light reaches the Earth. Our sun is much closer, and so it seems much brighter to us. We can feel its heat. Our sun is a giant ball of hot, glowing gases.
 
3     Our solar system began to form about five billion years ago. Before that, it was a giant cloud of gas and dust. The cloud began to spin and collapse. As the cloud was spinning, gravity pulled most of the dust and gas to its center. The star we call our sun formed. It contains about 98 percent of all the matter in our solar system. Around it, leftover gas and dust swirled in a large circle, much like water swirls in a circle going down a drain. Chunks of gas and dust began to gather together. Over time, they became our planets.

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Solar System
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Science
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    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 



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