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Solar System

Solar System - Science Chapter 1 Vocabulary

gas giant a very large planet made up mostly of gases
inner planets the four planets closest to the Sun - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
magnify to make an object appear larger
moon a small, rounded body in orbit around a planet
orbit to move in a path around an object
outer planets the four planets farthest from the Sun - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
planet a large body in space that moves around a star
solar system the Sun, planets, moons, and other objects that orbit the Sun
space probe a craft that helps scientists explore outer space
Sun the nearest star to Earth
telescope a tool that makes distant objects appear larger, brighter, and sharper