Travel the solar system in seconds instead of light years with this highly detailed set including the sun and eight planets. Even the most minute details like Jupiter’s storm, Earth’s polar ice, and Saturn’s ring patterns are visible in this collection.
The Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant interstellar molecular cloud. The vast majority of the system’s mass is in the Sun, with the majority of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are terrestrial planets, being primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets are giant planets, being substantially more massive than the terrestrials.
The two largest, Jupiter and Saturn, are gas giants, being composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are ice giants, being composed mostly of substances with relatively high melting points compared with hydrogen and helium, called volatiles, such as water, ammonia and methane. All eight planets have almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic.
Characteristics: These 9 figures can be played with separately or placed in an acetate tray that shows them in their orbits relative to the sun. Size differences between the planets are distinguishable for extra educational value.
Size and Color: From the 3cm diameter golf ball-sized sun to tiny Mercury, this solar system set displays highly accurate colors and details.
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