|Help and Advice|
|Transit of Mercury 2016|
|Giving long exposures on a digital camera|
|Photographing star trails|
|Predicting the ISS and other satellites|
|Using a mirror to view a partial eclipse|
|Simple Guide to Viewing the Space Station|
|Choosing a Telescope|
|Tips when projecting the Sun|
|Starting to Use Your Telescope|
|Imaging with a DSLR through the telescope|
|Buying a telescope for a child|
|Photographing a partial eclipse|
There are eight planets in the Solar System – and the Sun, itself, of course, at the centre of the whole thing. plus the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. The planets orbit the Sun, with the Earth – you've guessed it! – the third one out from the Sun.
Here you can find out lots of basic information about each planet. Click the picture of the planet below to go to its page. But do you know how to remember the order of the planets outwards from the Sun? The trick is to make up a sentence whose initial letters stand for the names of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. So that's M V E M J S U N.
Here are a couple of suggestions that we found on the Internet. But try and make up your own – the sillier the better, because you're more likely to remember it!
Many Very Elderly Men Just Snooze Under Newspapers (thought up by Rebecca Draper)
My Vicious Earthworm Might Just Swallow Us Now (Joel Schwartz)
My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Names
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nuts
Moving Very Extremly May Just Save Us Now (Sharon Scanlan)