Our World

Solar System

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DID YOU KNOW... that the Sun isn’t a planet xīng qiú / 星球, but a star? xīng xīng / 星星?

xīng qiú /星球 - a planet

xīng xīng / 星星 - a star

tài yáng / 太阳 - the Sun

yuè liàng /月亮 - the Moon

Here are the names of the planets:

dì qiú / 地球 - the Earth

shuǐ xīng / 水星 - Mercury

tǔ xīng / 土星 - Saturn

tiān wáng xīng / 天王星 - Uranus

mù xīng / 木星 - Jupiter

hǎi wáng xīng / 海王星 - Neptune

jīn xīng / 金星 - Venus

huǒ xīng / 火星 - Mars

For a long time, Pluto was a planet. Now it's called a dwarf planet.

míng wáng xīng / 冥王星 - Pluto

Have you noticed how many planets have xīng / (star) in their Mandarin name?

xīng / 星 - star

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

lí …jìn / 离…近 - near to

lí ...yuǎn / 离...远 - far from

tā lí dìqiú hěn jìn / 它离地球很近 - It's near to Earth.

tā lí shuǐxīng hěn yuǎn / 它离水星很远 - It's far from Mercury.

tā lí tàiyáng hěn jìn / 它离太阳很近 - It's near to the Sun.