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OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Solar System Drawn to Scale

Safety rules:
Parent supervision
Take care with sharp compass
 
Materials you need are:
a sheet of cardboard
a ruler
a mathematical compass
a pencil

Relative Planet Diameters - On one side of the cardboard and using the table below, the compass and the ruler, draw the relative planet diameters to scale.

PLANET

DIAMETER (mm)

Mercury 3.8
Venus 9.5
Earth 10
Mars 5.3
Jupiter 112
Saturn 94.1
Uranus 39.8
Neptune 38.1
Pluto 2.4

Relative Planet Distances - On the other side of the cardboard and using the table below, the ruler and the pencil, draw the relative distances of the planets from the sun.

PLANET

DISTANCE

(cm)

Mercury 0.4
Venus 0.7
Earth 1
Mars 1.5
Jupiter 5.2
Saturn 9.4
Uranus 19.1
Neptune 29.9
Pluto 39.3