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Children's LiteraturePlanet Earth is one of nine planets in our Solar System. The Sun is the center of our Solar System. The Sun's gravity holds the planets in their orbits. Mercury, Venus, and Mars are the planets in our Solar System closest to the Earth. In some ways they are similar to the Earth, but in many important ways they are different. Mercury is the closest to the Sun. It gets very hot during the day and very cold at night without the direct rays of the Sun. Venus has enormous volcanoes and lots of clouds that trap the Sun's heat. Mars is red and has two small moons. Jupiter is the largest planet, about 1300 times larger than the Earth. Saturn's rings have made many feel it is the most beautiful planet in the Solar System. Space probes have been sent to Saturn to study the planet. Moving past Saturn, the next planet is cold Uranus. Neptune is the stormiest planet, with winds that blow three times faster than a hurricane. Large text, photographs and photo realistic illustrations will keep young students engaged. This book is part of the "Kingfisher Young Knowledge" series. 2004, Kingfisher Publications, Ages 5 to 8.