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The Planets and the Solar System Planets 2 A planet is a celestial body that revolves around acentral star and does not shine by its own light Grolier1992 The only planetary system that is known to man is oursolar system It is made up of nine planets which range in sizeand make-up The nine major planets in our solar system areMercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune andPluto There are also many other minor planets which are also inour solar system but they are unimportant compared to the ninemajor planets In this paper I will discuss the planets and how Mercury which is the planet that is closest to the sun isthe first planet I will discuss Mercury is the smallest of theinner planets It is speculated that the heat from the sun madeit impossible for the gases present to become part of theplanetary formation The surface of Mercury is extremely hot It is approximately 470 degrees celsius on the surface and isthought to be even hotter at the two hot spots These hotspots are on opposite ends of the equator It is the heat ofthe surface that makes it impossible for Mercury to have any type Mercury orbits the sun once every 88 days and has a truerotation period of 586 days It is the closest planet to thesun and therefore orbits faster than any other planet ThompsonTurk 542 1993 It is said that Mercury rotatesthree times for every two trips around the sun so that during Planets
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