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These are starting points for a primary project about the Earth and beyond. There are thousands of websites with information about the Solar System and far too many facts to take in. It's helpful to start with a few questions when you look for information to give you a focus for your enquiry. Here are some you can pick from.

How many planets are there in the solar system ?

What else makes up the Solar System?

Questions about each planet

  • What is its diameter?
  • How far is it from the sun?
  • How long does it take to circle the sun?
  • How long does it take to turn on its axis?
  • What is the surface temperature of the planet?
  • What is the surface gravity of the planet compared to Earth?
  • What is the atmosphere made up of?
  • What is the interior of the planet made up of?

Questions about the Sun

  • How was the sun formed?
  • When was the sun formed?
  • How big is the sun?
  • How far from the earth is it?
  • How long does it take for light from the sun to reach earth?
  • What is the surface temperature of the sun?
  • What it the temperature at the centre?
  • What is a sunspot?
  • How often do sunspots occur?
  • Who first discovered sunspots and when?
  • What effect do sunspots have on the sun?
  • What effect do sunspots have on the earth?
  • What is the Aurora Borealis and where is it seen?
  • What is the Aurora Australis and where is it seen?
  • What is a solar eclipse?
  • How is a rainbow formed?
  • Why does the sun appear in different positions in the sky at different times of the day?
  • Why does the sun appear in different positions in the sky at different times of the year?
  • How is a shadow made?
  • Why do shadows vary in size at different times of the day?
  • What does the sun do for us?
  • Why do some places on earth have more or less hours of daylight?

Questions about the moon

  • What is the diameter of the moon?
  • What is the surface temperature?
  • What is the surface gravity compared to earth?
  • How would this effect the weight of something?
  • How long does it take for the moon to orbit the earth?
  • How long does it take for the moon to turn on its axis?
  • Does the moon produce light?
  • If not, how can we see it?
  • What are the phases of the moon called?
  • Why does the moon look different shapes at different times?
  • How does a lunar eclipse occur?
  • What is the surface of the moon like?
  • Does the moon have an atmosphere?
  • When did man first walk on the moon?
  • Who was the first man to walk on the Moon?

Questions about earth

  • What is the diameter of the earth at the equator?
  • How far is it from the sun?
  • How long is a year?
  • How long is a solar day?
  • What is the average surface temperature?
  • What is the temperature at the core?
  • What two things mainly make up the core?
  • How thick is the earth's crust under the oceans?
  • How thick is the earth's crust where there are continents?
  • What percentage of the earth's surface is land?
  • What percentage is water?
  • What percentage is permanently covered in ice?
  • What does earth have that no other planet in the solar system has?
  • Why can earth support life?