Outer Planets Student Worksheet

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                                        Outer Planets
                                      Student Worksheet
Now that you are up to speed on the inner Planets, it is time to turn your attention to the Outer
Planets. This worksheet has three assignments.

Fill in the table. The information is in your textbook or handout on pages 450-470.

                                Jupiter         Saturn         Uranus        Neptune          Pluto
Distance from sun,
Light-hours                       0.72
Period of rotation,
days, hours, and minutes
Period of revolution,
Hours, days, years
Diameter, kg
Density, g/cm3
Temperature, °C
Surface gravity, % of earth


Name of key Moons




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2) In the space below draw a picture of each one of the five outer planets; Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.




                     Jupiter                                                 Saturn




                     Uranus                                              Neptune




                      Pluto




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3) As the distance from the sun increases, the surface temperature decreases. Use the chart below
to graph the temperature as a function of distance from the sun. Near each data point write the
name of the planet. See the example for Pluto. It is 5.5 light hours away from the sun and the
surface temperature is -236°C.
   Temperature, degree C




                           0   1   2         3          4         5          6     7           8
                                         Distance, light hours



4) Imagine that we discovered a planet called “Planet X”, past Pluto at 7 light years away from
the Sun. What do you predict the temperature to be on Planet X? (Hint…use the graph).




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