What is the solar system?
It is a gravitational system that includes the Sun along with objects that are revolving around it, either indirectly or directly. Objects that orbit directly around the sun, the largest of them are what we call the eight planets while the rest are small like the bodies of the Solar System and five dwarf planets. Among the objects that are orbiting indirectly are moons, two of which are more massive than Mercury, the smallest planet.
Solar System had formed over 4.6 billion years ago when there was a gravitational collapse in the interstellar molecular clouds. The majority of the system’s mass is the Sun, and the remaining one is contained inside Jupiter. The inner planets which are small and are terrestrial are Mercury, Earth, Mars, and Venus- they are composed primarily of metal and rock. The other outer planets which are bigger than the terrestrials. Saturn and Jupiter which are the largest both are gas giants, and they are mainly made up of helium and hydrogen while the other two Neptune and Uranus are the ice giants, which are mostly composed of substances that their melting point is high if compared to Helium and Hydrogen. It’s being called volatiles, like ammonia, methane, and water. All of the eight planets have almost the same circular orbits which lie within a flat disc, and it’s called Ecliptic.
How to do the Solar System Project
Solar System formed almost 4.6 billion years ago. There are many galaxies beyond our solar system which we keep learning about every day. Learn how you can have your solar system created by making use of craft supplies that are a handful.
- Acrylic paint
- Polystyrene Balls
- Paint pen Posca White
- Gold card
- Fimo Soft that is in Sunflower and Peppermint
- Fimo Effect that is in Agate Stardust, Metallic Gold, and Glitter blue
- Clear beading thread
- Black paper
- Shoebox that is large
- Bamboo skewers
- Polystyrene block or Jug
- Large needle
- Sticky tape
- Glue gun
- Have the outside and the inside of your shoe box painted by making use of the black paint. After that allow it to get dry. Then have some white dots drawn inside it by using your paint pen.
- For the giant planets, have the polystyrene balls placed on the skewers then have them painted using different colored paints. Like yellow and orange can represent the sun, blue and green can go for the earth, red can go for Mars, and so on. Have them stand in polystyrene block or jug to allow them dry.
- To have a Saturn’s ring made, look for a tumbler or an object that is similar that has the same diameter as that of the polystyrene ball which was used to have the Saturn represented. On a gold paper has it drawn around it. Have a second ring drawn around the one you brought first, and then have it cut out after that have the gold ring placed on the ball and have it glued in the middle.
- For smaller planets, you would mold several different FIMO colored soft clay into a ball shape, and at each of the ball center, you would make a hole (small hole) by making use of the large needle. Have the oven baked following the instructions on the packet, then have it removed and let it cool down.
- Have the whole planets thread together by using the clear thread. Then have blob glue added from the glue gun at each of their bases to hold them.
- Have some holes on the shoe box painted at the top and have the planets hang through. Hold the box top in place by using sticky tape, and then have the box top covered by using a black paper.
Fun facts about the solar system
- Sunlight takes only 8 minutes for it to reach the earth
- The solar system is over 4.6 billion years old
- The planets are majorly made of gas and rock
- Asteroids are mostly found between Jupiter and Mars
- The closer the sun is, the hotter would the planet be
- In each of the planets, there is a difference of one year
- The comets that we see are originated from our solar system
- Proxima Centauri is the nearest star to the earth
- We have about 100 billion of the solar system inside the Milky Way Galaxy
What are the best solar system projects to order?
- FloraCraft B00265CQ2M 5.125 x 5.125 x 14.25 MULTIPLE COLORS by FloraCraft
- Educational Insights Geosafari Motorized Solar System Science Kit by Educational Insights
- 4M Solar System Planetarium by 4M
- Smoothfoam Styrofoam Solar System Kit for Modeling, White by Smoothfoam
- Great Explorations 3-D Solar System by University Games
- Smoothfoam Styrofoam Solar System Kit for Modeling, Painted by Smoothfoam
- Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope – Featuring Bindi Irwin – for Preschoolers! By Educational Insights
- Planets Mobile – Hanging Solar System Mobile, Authentic Models by Authentic Model
- 10 Piece Double Sided Solar System Cutouts Decorations by Biestle
Best seven solar system project ideas
1 Building a Sundial that is working
During ancient times sundials are used to say time by making use of the sun position in the sky. It can be designed by two simple materials: something that is flat like cardboard or paper and objects that is thin like straw or Popsicle.
2 Making a Telescope
You can have a telescope designed. At least Galileo did, so you can as well. Galileoscope is very easy to design. It made from some lenses and a cardboard tube.
3 Build a model solar system
A scale-model solar system can be made from paper or inside the diorama.
4 Make Spacecraft Model
Has a NASA space model built? There are a lot of patterns that you can get and use them to have a scale model designed.
5 A Lunar Phases Model
Firstly, you have to read about the lunar phase’s phenomenon. Then have the moon observed for a while in the sky every night, putting it into the record where, when, and how it appears. Have the information recorded inside a chart they have the moon shape drawing every day.
6 Study the Renewable Energy
For some years now, space agencies and NASA has been making use of solar panels for their satellites to be powered on and likewise the space station international. On earth, people make use of solar power to generate electricity. You can study the way Sun is generating heat and light, and they have been converted into usable solar power.
7 Collect bits of space asteroids
Micrometeorites are bits of the asteroid that are tiny which are drifting through our land and atmosphere on the earth surface. They can be collected when you look into places they do end up likely. An example is when snow and rain can be washed off our roofs and flow down to the storm gutters and drainpipes. Have these materials collected, remove things that aren’t micrometeorite like leaves and rocks, and then have them spread on a paper. Have a magnet placed underneath it and have it tilted. Some of them would slide off; the ones that don’t slide off is a magnetic one. Have those studied using a microscope or magnifying glass?