Planets

We begin at the outer reaches of our solar system, with the planet Neptune.  Until 2006 the planet list would have included petit Pluto until…a bunch of scientists decided it was just too tiny to be considered a real planet.  So they downsized it to a dwarf one!

 Uglesnoo, the alien from Pluto in my Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures series is still outraged at the decision.  “Pluto is the most important place in the solar system.  It’s where everyone goes for their vacation!”

 He agrees with Alan Stern a leading NASA scientist, This definition (of Pluto as a dwarf planet) stinks…!”

If you, like me still have a fondness for Pluto with it’s rocky surface with glaciers and even a blue sky, (just like earth!) then click here to learn more about my favorite planet! Pluto, the Dwarf Planet

While we wait to see if Pluto ever gets an upgrade, (fingers crossed) we start our fun facts about planets with the bluest one.  The one named after the Roman God of the Oceans, the almighty Neptune!

The Planet Neptune: The Bluest Planet

Neptune Image

Name:   Neptune is named after the Roman God of the oceans, lakes and rivers. Poseidon is the Greek equivalent.   Neptune the God is often shown carrying a trident and riding sea horses.  In 1612 , the famous astronomer and scientist Galileo spotted the planet Neptune, whilst looking at the night sky, but mistook it for a star.  So Neptune had to wait until 1846, when it was officially discovered by both Urbain Le Verrier, (French) and Johann Galle, (German).

Diameter: 30,777 miles;  45930.78 kilometers

Temperature:  -353°F; -212.22°C

Fun Neptune Facts:  In keeping with tradition they decided to name the planet after a Roman God.  The planet being blue, how do you think they chose its name?  Of course,   it had to be Neptune, the Roman God of the seas!

Do you know where’s the coldest place in the entire Solar System?  If you’re guessing Neptune right now, you’re getting warmer (or should I say colder?).  Actually the chilliest place in our Solar System is on Triton; one of Neptune’s eight moons.  On Triton, the temperature is a bone shivering, bitter cold of -393°F (-263.1°C) !  And you thought the North Pole was freezing!

Neptune’s composition is similar to Uranus.  It’s mainly made up of hydrogen and helium.  Scientists think it also has an icy core of water, methane and ammonia.  It’s rich blue color comes from methane in Neptune’s atmosphere.

You need to use a telescope to see Neptune.  And even then it can be hard to spot.  The best time to look for Neptune is in the month of August.  In the summer of 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft took the first close ups of the planet.  You can see one of the images above.

Pluto is usually the furthest planet away in the Solar System.  But Pluto has a strange orbit, so occasionally it’s closer to the sun than Neptune.  Then Neptune becomes the furthest planet away and for up to twenty years at a time!

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Uranus!

 Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Uranus: The Lone Side-Spinner

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Name:   Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel in 1871.  At the time King George III was on the throne in England.  The astronomer wanted to name the planet George, in honor of his king.  This idea proved unpopular with astronomers from other countries.  Instead they decided to call it after the ancient Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, (Uranus is another spelling of the same name).  It is the only planet named after a Greek, rather than a Roman God.

 Diameter: 31,764 miles/ 51119.20 Kilometers

Temperature:  -350°F; -212°C

Fun Uranus Facts:  What’s one weird thing about Uranus?    It’s the only planet to spin on its side!  Most planets are like a spinning top when pressed down.  That’s how they rotate.  But imagine tipping that top over and spinning its middle.  That’s how Uranus rolls!

Uranus is another gas planet.  Hydrogen and helium are the main gases.  Scientists believe it has an icy-rather than rocky core-made up of water, methane and ammonia.

You have to use a telescope to see Uranus.  When you look at it, you’ll see it has a blue –green light.  Sunlight reflects from Uranus’s clouds, which lie beneath a layer of methane gas.  This gives Uranus its distinctive color.

And then there’s Uranus’s funny name.  The only planet that makes school children giggle the world over.  However-according to NASA-it’s actually pronounced YOOR-un-us.  At least that’s the only way they say it…without blushing!

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Saturn.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Saturn: The Ringed Planet

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Name:   Saturn was the father of Jupiter in Roman Mythology.  Kronos  is the Greek equivalent.  Saturn was a God of agriculture and also of time. Saturn the God is often depicted with a sickle over one shoulder, (symbolic of the harvest) and a clock, (symbolic of his role as timekeeper) held in his hand.

Diameter: 74,900 miles/1,20539.87 Kilometers

Temperature:  -218°F; -138.89°C

Fun Saturn Facts:  You probably remember seeing Saturn with its famous rings. But do you know what they are made of?  Rock, ice and dust, most of which are tiny!  How the rings came to be remain a mystery.  Some think they should have been a moon, that for some reason failed to form.  Others think that a moon existed, but then got broken apart.  Maybe someday we’ll get an answer.

Saturn is mainly made of gases; hydrogen with a little helium.  Scientists think there’s a spinning solid core.  It’s the least dense of any planet, meaning it weighs next to nothing, less than water.  If you could find a swimming pool big enough, Saturn would float happily on the surface!

Saturn is the root word of one day of our week.  Can you guess which one?  Yes, it’s Saturday.

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Jupiter.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

kindle cover for upload

Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Jupiter:  The Gas Giant

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Name:   Jupiter is named after the mighty Roman ruler of all the Gods. Zeus is the Greek equivalent.  It turned out to be a great name, as Jupiter is the biggest planet of them all!

Diameter: 88,444 miles; 142336.82 kilometers

Temperature:  -162°F; -107.77°C

Fun Jupiter Facts: Have you heard of a, ‘Red Eye?  It’s used to describe a plane flight that takes off after 9pm.  It’s also an expression associated with Jupiter which has its’ own red eye.  Jupiter’s eye is 25,000 miles long! And even though it may look like an eye, it’s actually a storm.  And an epic storm at that, it’s been continuing for over 150 years!  But we can’t yet visit Jupiter on a red eye to view its’ red eye.  The technology is beyond us at the moment.  But you can see it in the photograph above.  Does it remind you of Sauron in Lord of the Rings?  A huge creepy eye, watching over us all?

Scientists believe that Jupiter has a rocky core, but most of this planet is made up of gas.  Layers and layers of gas.  Most of it is hydrogen, then a much smaller amount of helium  and a little bit of ammonia, sulfur, methane and water vapor.

Jupiter has the most moons of any planet.  There are sixty three and scientists are still counting.  Europa is one of its many moons and is very intriguing, because it has water.  Where there is water, there might also be signs of alien life.

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Mars

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

kindle cover for upload

Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Mars:  The Red Planet

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Name:   Mars is named after the Roman God of war, after its red color, which reminded the ancient Romans of blood!

Diameter: 4,222 miles

Temperature:  -81°F; -62.77°C.

Fun Mars Facts: Did Martians ever invade Earth?  On Sunday October 30, 1938, the United States went into mass hysteria, when the radio announced to its’ million listeners that a Martian invasion of our Earth was underway.  People were terrified.  They fled en masse in their cars, jamming the highways, fleeing the vengeful Martians.   Until…Mr. Orson Welles, a director, came on air to tell people that they were actually listening to a play!  This play was adapted from H.G. Welles famous novel, ‘War of the Worlds,’ a great read to this day.  This fictional work describes Martians landing on Earth and destroying our planet!

On July 4, 1997, Nasa successfully landed a little robot named Sojourner from its NASA pathfinder spacecraft.  The amazing Sojourner roamed around the planet Mars-the first robot to do so-beaming back amazing pictures of Mars and taking numerous samples.  This helps scientists learn more about how Mars was formed.

Mars has two Moons.  They are named Phobos, (meaning panic/fear) and Deimos, (meaning terror/dread).  These are two characters that according to Greek mythology accompany their father, the God of war, into battle.

Mons Olympus, a now extinct Volcano on Mars, is the tallest volcano in the entire solar system!

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Venus.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

kindle cover for upload

Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Venus:  The Only Female Planet

Venus Illustration

Name: Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty

Diameter: 7,521 miles

Length of Day: 255 Earth Days

Fun Venus Facts: Venus is the brightest and easiest planet to spot in the night sky.  With the naked eye, she looks like a big shiny star, although of course she’s actually a planet.

Venus is the only planet named after a female.  That’s not right, is it girls?   The atmosphere of Venus is covered with clouds of sulphuric acid, making the planet super hot.  The average temperature is a whopping 850°F (454.44°C).

Next post: Below, fun facts about the planet Mercury.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

kindle cover for upload

Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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The Planet Mercury: The Speedy Planet

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Name: Mercury rushes around the Sun in eighty-eight days.  So, ancient Romans watching the night sky, named this speedy planet after Mercury; their messenger God.  Statues of the God Mercury often show him with a winged helmet and winged feet.

Diameter: 3,032 miles; 4879.53 kilometers

Length of Day:  30 Earth Days

Fun Mercury Facts: It’s the second smallest planet in the solar system, after tiny Pluto.  It’s also the planet that is closest to our Sun.

If you ever visit, bring a helmet!  Mercury’s surface looks a lot like our Moon, full of craters.  That’s because like the Moon, there’s no atmosphere and it keeps getting pelted by asteroids.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

kindle cover for upload

Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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