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Figure 1 – the outer gas giant planets of our Solar system – created using Celestia
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Celestia Educational Activity 4 The Solar System Part 2 – The Outer Solar System rev. 6 - revised October, 2009
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1. 1. Introduction 1. Activity 3 - the Solar System Part 1 has explored the inner Solar System from the Sun through Mars. We are now ready to continue our tour of the outer Solar System. 2. The space beyond Mars is a place to excite your imagination. It is a world of giant ringed planets that drift on a never-ending journey around the Sun, surrounded by pearly necklaces of moons. It has space rocks the size of countries on Earth, potato shaped asteroids and huge icy comets that drag long tails of glowing gas, and that sometimes crash into Earth. Most of all, it is so very cold. Far from the life-giving warmth of the Sun, the world of the outer solar system is a frozen one. 3. What is perhaps most incredible of all is that we humans have visited this ice palace. We’ve sent several spacecraft probes through the depths of the outer Solar System and
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