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The Solar System

The Solar System and Objects in Space

Comet A ball of ice and dirt that orbits the sun The tail of a comet always points directly away from the sun.
Meteor A small rock that burns as it enters Earth’s atmosphere Also called a falling star or a shooting star
Meteorite Bits of the solar system that have fallen to the Earth
Asteroid A large rock in outer space An asteroid belt is located between Mars and Jupiter
Planet A large body of rock or gas that orbits the sun
Galaxy A group of stars
Constellation A group of stars that ancient people thought formed a picture in the sky
Astronomer A scientist who studies bodies in outer space
Astronaut A person who is trained to travel in outer space
Moon A natural satellite of a planet that orbits that planet
Created by: twaller