The Outer Planets

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					The Outer Planets

1. The Outer Planets begin 10 times further out from the Sun than Earth. The outer
planets include: ____________, ________________, ______________,
2. Jupiter is the __________ planet and is almost entirely H & He _______. These gases
move in ______________ bands around the planet
The great ________ spot is a ________ that has existed for hundreds of _________ or
more! Jupiter has ______ known moons (so far!)
3. Voyager 1 caught the first video of ___________ storms moving along Jupiter's gas
4. The Great Red Spot Is the __________ Storm In the Solar System.
5. In _________ 20+ fragments of a comet __________ with Jupiter. The Hubble Space
__________ caught the event on film! What effect would such an impact have on
6. The comet broke into over a ______________ pieces and hit the night side of Jupiter.
Scientists first saw the ___________ as “bruises” through the storm cloud gasses as the
planet ___________ towards its day side.
7. Jupiter’s 4 largest moons are worlds in themselves! _____ has dozens of molten
sulfur volcanoes. __________ is covered in ice and may have simple life swimming in
liquid oceans below. ____________ and Callisto are also covered in ice and craters.
8. The Outer Planets include an _____________ gallery of bizarre shaped ___________.
9. Saturn’s ___________ of rings are a collection of rock and ice. All the other gas
giants have rings! ___________ is the 2nd largest moon in the Solar System and a prime
candidate for _____________ life. In late 2005 the _______ landed on Titan.
10. Uranus is ______ AU’s from the Sun (2x the distance of Saturn from the Sun!) and
wasn’t discovered until the _________ century. Uranus is blue because it has a
_________________ atmosphere. Uranus was hit by a huge ____________ and rotates
90° from the ecliptic. Uranus has ________ known moons.
11. Neptune is 30 AU’s from the Sun and its discovery was __________________
predicted in the 19th century. Neptune has _____ known moons. Triton is the largest
and is covered with _____________, craters, and _____________. Great storms have
been observed to build and __________ away on Neptune.
12. Pluto is a member of the ____________ Belt: one of two far reaching regions of
comets and other ____________ planets that _____________ the distance of the Solar
System. Pluto and its moon _____________ are much smaller than Earth or it’s Moon
(recently another __________ of small moons were discovered). Pluto’s orbit is tilted to
the __________________ much like a comet and at times is ________________ the orbit
of Neptune! The Kuiper Belt and _________ Cloud contain hundreds of dwarf objects
like Pluto. ____________ discovered in 2004 is larger than Pluto. Ceres in the
_____________ Belt is also now considered a dwarf ___________.
13. One Pale Blue Dot. In late February ________ the most distant human
______________ in history, Voyager I, was ________ AU’s from home and headed for
the edge of the Solar System. _____________ turned its camera back towards Earth for
one last look and captured Earth as a pale blue ______ only one tenth of a ____________

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