Use a variety of resources (e.g., NASA photographs, computer simulations) to compare and contrast the physical properties (i.e., temperature, size, composition, surface features) of planets.
Our Solar System is a collection of gravitationally interacting bodies that include Earth and the Moon. Universal principles of gravitation allow predictions regarding the motions of objects within the Galaxy and beyond. Earth’s motion, position, and posture account for a variety of cyclic events observable from Earth. While the composition of planets vary considerably, their components and the applicable laws of science are universal. The motions and interactions of objects within the Solar System are consistent with the hypothesis that it emerged from a large disk of gas and dust. Our Solar System is part of the Milky Way Galaxy, which, in turn, is one of many galaxies in the known Universe.
Most objects in the Solar System orbit the Sun and have distinctive physical characteristics and orderly motion.