The Astronomy Gazette

News From Infinity and Beyond

11 Planets Discovered

Acording to National Geographic, there are 11 planets in the Milky Way. Now everybody knows at least 9 of these planets, but there are more, recently discovered. Here's the list, in order from the sun:


NAME............ TYPE.................. ROMAN GOD/GODDESS

Mercury........ Rocky.................Messenger god

Venus............ Rocky ................Goddess of love and beauty

Earth.............. Rocky.................Unknown, but Greek Goddess Gaea/Mother Earth

Mars................Rocky............... God of war

Ceres.............. Dwarf............... Goddess of agriculture and the harvest

Jupiter............ Gas Giant......... King of the gods

Saturn............ Gas Giant..........God of Agriculture, again, and father of Jupiter

Uranus........... Gas Giant......... God of the sky, and father of Saturn

Neptune......... Gas Giant......... God of the sea

Pluto................ Dwarf................God of the underworld

Eris................... Dwarf............... Greek goddess of discord or confusion


To help you remember the planets, you can say My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.

Space Sights

Moon Mania

The Moons of Our Solar System

Earth's Moon

Earth's moon is made of rock, just like Earth, but they didn't turn out looking the same. The moon's gravitation pulls on Earth's oceans, creating tides. The moon, however, is too small to need much gravity making life on the moon impossible.

Jupiter's Moons:

Jupiter consists of four moons, including Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They were discovered by Galileo around 1610, so they are known as the Galilean moons. Ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system. Europa and Callisto might have oceans under it's icy surface.

Saturn's Moons

Saturn also consists of four moons. Titan, Enceladus, Iapetus, and Mimas. Titan may hold the key to life on Earth with it's thick atmosphere, liquid lakes bigger than Lake Superior or the Caspian Sea, cryovolcanoes sticking out of the ice, wind-blown sand dunes, and seasonal changes. Titan is bigger than Mercury and any of the dwarf planets. According to National Geographic, within the next twenty years, scientists can discover the question of extraterrestrial life on this moon.

Sun Fun

The Sun

The sun is a star in the center of the Milky Way, and anchors our solar system using its gravity. The sun is the energy source to make life on Earth possible. It averages about 10,000 degrees farenheit. It is made of 74% hydrogen, 25% helium, and 1% trace elements, such as iron, carbon, lead, and uranium.

The Planets