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The Solar System and Beyond

Terms used with Chapter 14, The Solar System and Beyond, Glencoe Science, 6th Grade
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rotation
the spinning of Earth on its axis every 24 hours
revolution
movement of Earth around the sun about every 365 days
solar eclipse
moon's shadow travels across parts of Earth so the sun is blocked
lunar eclipse
Earth's shadow falls on the moon and blocks the reflection of the sun
solar system
the 8 planets and numerous other objects that orbit the sun
astronomical unit
AU = to 150 million km, or the average distance from Earth to the sun
satellites
spacecraft launched into space to gather information and send it back to Earth
constellations
groups of stars that form patterns in the sky
galaxy
group of stars, gas, and dust held together by gravity