Planetary Quiz

14th-century astronomical treatise in Irish
Riccioli’s map of the moon

Marsh’s Library has a wealth of books on the early discoveries of our solar system and beyond.  This is largely due to our founder, Narcissus Marsh, who had a life long passion for astronomy and collected many books on the subject.

In 2019 we held a Planetary Quiz for primary schools.  We are sharing our files with you here, including bite-size information fact files on the planets (and a dwarf planet) in our solar system.

(A teacher’s guide with further activities can be found at the bottom of this page)

To start, if you don’t know the order of the planets from Mercury (closest to the Sun) to Neptune, or know a mnemonic (memory aid) to remember it, have a go at creating a nonsense sentence now (e.g.   My Very English Mother…  Many Vegetarians Eat Mango…) the sillier the better!

M_____  V______  E______  M______  J______  S______  U______  N______  (P______ )

Sun and Planet Files

Read the facts and try to remember as much as you can.  You will find a Planetary Quiz below to test your memory!

THE SUN
MERCURY
VENUS
THE EARTH AND MOON
MARS
JUPITER

 

 

 

 

SATURN
URANUS
NEPTUNE
(PLUTO)

 

 

 

 

Now have a go at these 12 questions:

Further activities can be found in this teachers guide, please feel free to download.
Teachers Guide – Solar System

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