Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, and it is the second smallest planet in the solar system after Mercury. Mars is named after the Roman God of War. Mars is one of the most explored bodies in our solar system. If you want to educate your child about this planet, here are some fun facts about Mars that will grab her attention.
Interesting Facts About Mars for Children
Here are some interesting facts about the planet Mars that you can read to your children.
- Mars is about 227,940,000 kilometres away from the sun and is the fourth planet from the Sun.
- Mars is red in colour and is very cold and dusty. It is called the ‘Red Planet’ because the rocks and soil on Mars have a chemical called iron oxide. Iron oxide gives the atmospheric dust a red tinge.
- Mars takes 687 days to orbit the sun.
- A solar day on Mars lasts 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds.
- Olympus Mons, a volcano, is the highest mountain in our solar system. It is about three times the height of Mount Everest.
- Mars can be seen with naked eyes. Yes, you don’t even need a telescope to spot the little red planet.
- If you could stand right in the middle of the equator on Mars, you would feel summer in the lower half of your body and winter in the upper part of your body.
- If you jump on the planet Mars, you will be able to jump three times higher on Mars than you can on the Earth. It is because the gravity on Mars is 37% less than that of Earth’s.
- Mars has 2 moons–Phobos and Deimos.
- Mars has moons but no rings.
Mars is slightly smaller than Earth. The atmosphere of Mars contains 95.9 % carbon dioxide and 2.7% nitrogen with traces of mixtures of other gases. As of now, there is no evidence of life on Mars and research on this is still in progress. Maybe one day, we’ll be able to get on Mars!