The Earth's Motion and Our Solar System

Astronomy

Earth in the Solar System – How does the position of Earth in the solar system affect conditions on our planet?

8.3 - The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun.

  • Gravity is the force that governs the motions of objects in the solar system.
  • The motion of the Earth and moon relative to the sun causes daily, monthly and yearly cycles on Earth.

C 28. Explain the effect of gravity on the orbital movement of planets in the solar system.
C 29. Explain how the regular motion and relative position of the sun, Earth and moon affect the seasons, phases of the moon and eclipses.