Our World

Solar System

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Did you know that the Sun isn’t a planet – une planète, but a star – une étoile?

une planète - a planet

une étoile - a star

le Soleil - the Sun

la Lune - the Moon

Here are the names of the planets:

la Terre - the Earth

Mercure - Mercury

Saturne - Saturn

Uranus - Uranus

Jupiter - Jupiter

Neptune - Neptune

Vénus - Venus

Mars - Mars

Pluton - Pluto

Have you noticed how many planets are the same or nearly the same in English and French?

DID YOU KNOW... The days of the week and months in French come from the planets? Lundi (Monday) comes from la lune and mars (March) from Mars.

To say where the planets are you can use these phrases:

près de - near

loin de - far from

C’est près de la Terre. - It’s near the Earth.

C’est loin de Mercure. - It’s far from Mercury.

If you want to talk about where things are in relation to le Soleil, you need to ‘squash’ the de and the le together to become du.

C’est près du Soleil. - It’s near the Sun.