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SPACE FACTS

spaceThis half term in Year 5 we are learning about Space in our science lessons.

We would like you to do some further research at home about these themes;

-The Moon
-The Planets
-The Sun
-Stars and constellations

We are looking for really interesting facts using up to date research. We would be delighted (and might be generous with housepoints!) if you can read other peoples facts and ask them questions.

80 Comments

  1. louis

    February 24, 2014 @ 9:23 am          Reply

    Though we have not yet explored are own solar system fully it’s only one of many solar systems in our galaxy. The largest galaxies can have many as 400 billion stars each with there own star system. there are also more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

  2. Mrs Sach

    February 12, 2014 @ 10:21 pm          Reply

    Hi Year 5,

    You have written some fantastic facts about space and really summed up our learning very well! 🙂

    I also love the fact that you have taken the time to read other comments- thats the best bit about blogging, having an audience for your writing.

    House points will be awarded! 🙂

  3. Charlie 2

    February 12, 2014 @ 2:44 pm          Reply

    Did you know? Beetlegeuse is 2000 times bigger than the Sun

  4. Charlie 2

    February 12, 2014 @ 2:40 pm          Reply

    I agree Morgan

  5. Georgie

    February 12, 2014 @ 2:38 pm          Reply

    Did you know that the moon is smaller than the earth

  6. Sophie B

    February 11, 2014 @ 8:33 pm          Reply

    Did you know that Jupiter has 63 known moons. The largest moons are called Io , Europa , Ganymede and Callisto. These moons are called Galilean satellites, this is because they were first seen in 1610 by the astronomer Galileo Galilei. Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system, with a diameter of 3,260 miles. Jupiter

  7. Molly S

    February 10, 2014 @ 7:46 pm          Reply

    How long does it take the Moon to orbit the Earth?
    The Moon takes exactly 27 days, 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 11.6 seconds, to go all the way round the Earth and return all the way back to its starting position!

    What is a lunar month?
    A lunar month is the time the moon takes to pass through a complete cycle of its phases.

    How old is the moon? The moon is 4.5 billion years old.

    Did you know?

    The moon moves toward the east in our sky by about 12 degrees each day.

    The moon rises in the east and sets in the west.

    Which direction does the Moon travel around the Earth?

    Looking down from the north pole we would see the Moon orbiting counterclockwise from west to east. Why is a Lunar month (29.5 days) longer than the number of days it takes the Moon to orbit the Earth (27.3)?

    Whilst the Moon is orbiting the Earth, the Earth is constantly moving because it is orbiting the sun. The Moon therefore travels slightly more than 360

  8. Matthew

    February 10, 2014 @ 7:45 pm          Reply

    Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. Named after the Roman god of war, and often described as the

  9. Ciara

    February 10, 2014 @ 7:38 pm          Reply

    Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the largest of the terrestrial planets. Unlike the other planets in the solar system that are named after classic deities the Earth

  10. Lucy

    February 10, 2014 @ 6:40 pm          Reply

    This half term we have been learning about space, did you know Saturn is named after the Roman god of wealth, also it’s rings were not known to exist until Galileo first discovered them in 1610. However Saturn is the root of the English word “Saturday.”

  11. Isabelle

    February 10, 2014 @ 6:40 pm          Reply

    Did you know that a star is made from mostly hydrogen and helium. Also the material from a dying star collects together as a vast cloud that will make new stars in the future!

  12. Tom

    February 10, 2014 @ 6:01 pm          Reply

    Did you know that a day on Mercury lasts about 59 earth days.

  13. Charlotte

    February 10, 2014 @ 5:26 pm          Reply

    Did you know, the sun travels around the galaxy once every 200 million years?

  14. harriet

    February 10, 2014 @ 5:24 pm          Reply

    space is huge

  15. Harriet

    February 10, 2014 @ 5:23 pm          Reply

    Its great

  16. Harriet

    February 10, 2014 @ 5:21 pm          Reply

    I love learning about space!!!

  17. Charlie 3

    February 10, 2014 @ 4:31 pm          Reply

    Did you know that the sun is roughly halfway through its life circle and Each second, more than 4 million tonnes of matter are converted into energy within the Sun’s core, producing neutrinos and solar radiation; at this rate, the Sun will have so far converted around 100 Earth-masses of matter into energy.

  18. Oliver

    February 9, 2014 @ 9:11 pm          Reply

    Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is named after the Roman god of wealth. Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system and is best known for its fabulous rings. The rings were not known to exist until Galileo first observed them in 1610.

  19. Sophie H

    February 9, 2014 @ 7:58 pm          Reply

    Did you know that there are over 200,000 stars in our milky way.

    Did you know that Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.

    Did you know that the sun is approximately 109 times bigger than earth.

    Did you know that the sun is 149,600,000 km away from earth.

    Did you know the temperature of the sun at its core (middle)is 27 million degrees.

    Did you know that the Sun is almost 14,000.00 kilometres wide.

    the order of the planets from the sun is – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto I know this because of the following poem-
    Mario very easy Mario just says use Nintendo power. This has really helped me to remember this.

    I am hoping to go to Jodrell Bank soon with my family to learn more.

  20. Daisy

    February 9, 2014 @ 7:41 pm          Reply

    Pluto “crossed” Neptune’s orbit on January 21, 1979, and temporarily became the 8th planet from the sun. It crossed Neptune’s orbit again on Feb. 11, 1999 to resume its place as the ninth planet from the Sun for the next 228 years.

    Despite the fact that Pluto and Neptune temporarily change places in their distance from the Sun, they will never collide. This is due to two reasons: First, Pluto’s orbit is inclined to the ecliptic by 17 degrees.So even though we say their orbits “cross”, Pluto is actually quite a distance “above”Neptune. Secondly, Pluto orbits the Sun twice for every three orbits of Neptune. The two planets are said to be in a “resonance orbit”. For such orbits, the two bodies never get close to each other. In fact, the closest the two planets come to each other is 2 billion kilometers.

  21. georgie

    February 9, 2014 @ 5:42 pm          Reply

    The Moon:
    The Moon causes many of the tides in oceans,because of gravity force.

    Planets:
    In 2006 Pluto was demoted to the status of a dwarf planet.

    The Sun:
    Did you know that without the sun there will be no life on earth.

    Stars:
    there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all beaches on earth.That is at least a billion trillion stars!

    Q: Why did the cow go in the spaceship?
    A: It wanted to see the mooooooon!

  22. Lily

    February 9, 2014 @ 5:40 pm          Reply

    This term we have been learning lots about space. I have been learning about Pluto and space experts say Pluto might not be a planet because its so small. It has been graded as a moon. Pluto is also the coldest planet in our solar system because it is the furthest away from the sun. Also Pluto cannot be reached by astronaughts because they will fly straight passed it due to the large worm hole that leads to another solar system.

    • Jodie & Rachael

      February 12, 2014 @ 2:46 pm          Reply

      We think that Pluto should be discluded as a planet aswel for the same reason that it is to small to be a planet !

  23. Lewis

    February 9, 2014 @ 3:49 pm          Reply

    The material inside a white dwarf is super dense, in fact it is so densely packed that one teaspoon of it would weigh as much as 100 metric tonnes (98 tonnes) the same weight as a train engine!

  24. harriet

    February 9, 2014 @ 3:24 pm          Reply

    Did you know, that in Black holes the gravity is so strong, not even light can escape? Also, if you could squash the Earth down to the size of a marble the Earth would become a black hole!

  25. Morgan

    February 9, 2014 @ 1:57 pm          Reply

    Uranus has 27 moons, and the two innermost moons of Uranus are Cordelia and Ophelia.
    And the largest moons on Uranus are Cordelia, Ophelia, Bianca, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia,
    Rosalind, Belinda, Puck, Caliban.

  26. sara

    February 9, 2014 @ 1:37 pm          Reply

    Did you know that your spine stretches in space? With less gravitational force than on Earth, there is less pressure on your spine, effectively making you about 2 inches taller. In space astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears don’t flow. Also did you know Sirius (Dog star) is much brighter than the Sun? In fact no star is as bright as Sirius! A light year is the distance light travels in a year. About 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System is made up of the Sun. Did you know there are more stars in space than all of the grains of sand on Earth. In addition, do you know that Pluto is smaller than the U.S.A..

  27. Rachael

    February 9, 2014 @ 11:39 am          Reply

    Earth water covers 71 per cent of Earth’s surface.

  28. Rachael

    February 9, 2014 @ 11:35 am          Reply

    BLACK HOLE

    At the centre of our galaxy is a black hole so big that it weighs more than a billion suns.The nearest black hole to Earth is 6,000 light years away from us.If you fell into a black hole you’d be STRETCHED into a long thin strand.

  29. chloe

    February 9, 2014 @ 10:52 am          Reply

    In year 5 we have been learning about space. Some well known facts about space is there are nine planets. In our solar system, nine planets circle around our Sun. The Sun sits in the middle while the planets travel in circular paths (called orbits) around it. These nine planets travel in the same direction anti-clockwise looking down from the Sun’s north pole. The planets are are called Earth, Mars, Venus,Pluto, Mercury, Jupiter,Saturn, Neptune and Uranus.

  30. Jodie

    February 8, 2014 @ 6:50 pm          Reply

    We have been learning about space and it has been very fascinating and to learn about. Did you know that Mars has only has 15% of the Earth

  31. anna

    February 8, 2014 @ 3:28 pm          Reply

    Did you know that the full moon only appears once or rarely twice a month and it is usually in the middle of the month, so look out for it around the 14th to the 18th day of any month.

  32. Harrison

    February 7, 2014 @ 4:07 pm          Reply

    Oh and this is the website that I found this information on
    http://space-facts.com

  33. Harrison

    February 7, 2014 @ 4:04 pm          Reply

    Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and the smallest of the gas giants. Neptune was the first planet found by mathematical prediction after unexpected changes in the orbit of Uranus were observed. Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea.
    The following information is about the planet Neptune:
    Mass: 102,410,000,000,000,000 billion kg (17.15x Earth)
    Equatorial Diameter: 49,528 km
    Polar Diameter: 48,682 km
    Equatorial Circumference: 155,600 km
    Known Satellites: 14
    Notable Satellites: Tritan
    Orbit Distance: 4,498,396,441 km (30.10 AU)
    Orbit Period: 60,190.03 Earth days (164.79 Earth years)
    Surface Temperature: -201

  34. Mollie

    February 7, 2014 @ 7:41 am          Reply

    Did you know that Mars is named after a roman god and it is the fourth planet to the sun

  35. Mollie

    February 7, 2014 @ 7:38 am          Reply

    : The Moon
    Orbit Distance from the earth: 149,598,262 km

  36. Mollie

    February 6, 2014 @ 5:50 pm          Reply

    Did you know that the world started with a big band and it was formed 4.54 billon years ago I found and epic video here’s. Link http://youtu.be/m-aAP1xiVW8

  37. Charlie 1

    February 6, 2014 @ 4:57 pm          Reply

    Did you know that Neptune looks similar to Earth?

  38. Charlie 1

    February 6, 2014 @ 4:50 pm          Reply

    Did you know that Jupiter has a storm and we call it the red spot?

  39. Charlie 1

    February 6, 2014 @ 4:37 pm          Reply

    Did you know that comets are made from ice and rock.

  40. James

    February 6, 2014 @ 4:19 pm          Reply

    An asteroid is a rocky object,like a small planet.
    The earth has an inner core and an outer core.They are mainly made of iorn.
    The crust of the earth is a part that we live on!

  41. Liam

    February 6, 2014 @ 3:56 pm          Reply

    Did you know that Venus rains a gas that come out of your bottom!!!!

  42. Ben

    February 6, 2014 @ 3:49 pm          Reply

    Did you know that if you took your helmet of on the moon you would black out after about 15 seconds and have supreme brain damage after 90 seconds,death occurs after a few minuets due to lack of oxygen!!!:(

  43. Imogen

    February 5, 2014 @ 6:53 pm          Reply

    A protostar is when a star is getting ready to become a bigger and hotter star.
    Did you know that the sun is about a million times biger than the earth its self.
    It takes 13-15 hours to get to the Moon from Eath by rocket.

    There are 4 different types of Moons they are called a New Moon,a Waning Gibious Moon,a Waxing Crescent Moon and a Full Moon.

  44. Alfie

    February 5, 2014 @ 6:35 pm          Reply

    Hey I bet you didn’t know that The moon’s gravity is 17% of the Earth’s so astronauts in space suits can jump 4 metre high.

    The temperature of the sun’s surface is 6,000oc. Each centimetre burnswith the brightnes of 250,000 candles.

    Mrs Satch I bet you didn’t know that one day on venus lasts 5,832 Earth hours!!!!

    NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Neptune’s moon Triton is the coldest place in the solar system ,with surface temperatures of -236oc.

  45. Sam

    February 5, 2014 @ 4:57 pm          Reply

    On a clear night only 3000 stars out of 2000000000 are revealed to the naked eye!!! And if you you want to look a the size differences of size from some planets to some stars look at this!!!

  46. Holly

    February 5, 2014 @ 3:56 pm          Reply

    When a star gets really hot it’s called Burning Helimum Star and then it cools down again :).

  47. Holly

    February 5, 2014 @ 3:52 pm          Reply

    Did you know the Sun is 3000000 bigger than the Earth :).

  48. Mrs Sach

    February 4, 2014 @ 7:16 pm          Reply

    Hi Year 5,

    Next week we are getting together with the Year 2’s (who have been learning about the Moon) to share our facts. If you look at the Year 2 page you will find out lots of interesting facts and someone has even posted a fantastic video!

  49. Rachael

    January 16, 2014 @ 6:06 pm          Reply

    Our Moon is the largest Moon in the Solar System.The Moon is almost as wide as the USA. It orbits earth once a month,the Moon doesn’t have any wind or water on it.

  50. Mrs Sach

    January 12, 2014 @ 4:43 pm          Reply

    Well done Charlie and Alicia- great start.

    I went to Jodrell Bank today and learnt some really interesting facts about stars.

    Does anyone know what two chemicals are in stars?

    Does anyone know why the gravitational force from the sun doesn’t just pull us into it?

    Do anyone know why the tides (created by the moon) are so important to life being created on Earth?

    I can’t wait to read more exciting facts you are discovering through this half term.

    • Ellie

      February 9, 2014 @ 10:52 am          Reply

      The to gases that make a star is hydrogen and helium.

      • Ellie

        February 9, 2014 @ 11:15 am          Reply

        The Milky Way is shaped like a huge whirlpool that rotates once every 200 million years. It is made up of at least 100 billion stars, as well as dust and gas. It is so big that the light takes 100,000 years to cross from one side to the other.

  51. alicia

    January 11, 2014 @ 7:01 pm          Reply

    Space world records:

    COLDEST PLACE IN THE MILKY WAY!
    The Boomerang Nebula is a cloud of dust and gases 5,ooo light years away from earth. It has a temprature of -272 degres and is formed by the rapid expansion of gas and dust flowing away from its central, ageing star.

  52. charlie

    January 9, 2014 @ 3:52 pm          Reply

    Did you guys know that a black hole is a dying star or a star that has got to big and exploded.some people think its a gateway to an nother universe(i don’t really though.)If you guys find anything else about black holes just reply back to me or tell me in class

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