Is it getting warm in here? Being so close to the sun, planet Mercury is a pretty hot spot to be at! In this BrainPop movie, Tim and Moby take you to investigate the small planet of Mercury. You’ll learn about Mercury’s place in the solar system and just how scalding hot it gets on the surface (yikes)! Plus, find out why Mercury’s weird orbit and rotation rate make the sun do strange tricks in its sky. You’ll also learn about what’s inside this fast-moving planet, and why it’s so hard to see Mercury from Earth. Quick, catch it before it’s gone!
Hey, sister! Let Tim and Moby introduce you to our sister planet, Venus! In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll discover some of the fun stats about our closest neighbor, including where its name came from, how big it is compared to Earth, and how fast — er, slow — it rotates! You’ll find out about Venus’s amazingly hot temperature and why its thick atmosphere has helped to make it even hotter than the planet Mercury. And you’ll learn about some recent spacecraft missions to Venus and what they found out about the surface there! Oh, Venus — she’s so hot it’s cool!
Welcome to Earth — we hope you like it here! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby discuss our home planet and tell you why it’s able to support life forms like us humans. Find out some of the reasons why Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are so critical to living things. And you’ll discover how we compare to other planets in our size, gravity, and interior make-up. There’s no place like home!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk around on Mars? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby share all they know about our favorite red planet. You’ll learn why Mars really is red, and why it’s the planet most like our very own Earth. You can also meet the two moons of Mars and find out where they came from. Want to know about Martians? You’ll discover what we know about water and life on Mars, as well as whether humans could ever survive there. Enjoy your Martian journey!
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun, but it's second to none in size! The largest planet in the solar system is also a gas giant, which means it's made mostly of hydrogen and helium. But no, you couldn't fly a spaceship right through it! Jupiter has more than double the mass of all the other planets combined, so its gravity is way stronger than what we feel on Earth. All that force presses down on the gases in the atmosphere, which get heavier and hotter the deeper you go. The immense pressure turns gas into a liquid, and eventually into a shiny goo called liquid metallic hydrogen. This dense substance is electrically charged, which might explain the planet's massive magnetic field! Jupiter also has the fastest spin in the solar system. The force of that rotation transfers to the atmosphere, creating dazzling stripes known as zones and bands. These stripes move in opposite directions, forming huge swirling storms at their boundaries. The largest is the Great Red Spot—it's wider than Earth and has been raging for almost 150 years! There's so much more to learn about Jupiter, from the mystery at its core to the dozens of moons that orbit it. Click "play" to get started!
Oh, Saturn, how beautiful you are in the night sky! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you all about the gas planet Saturn and her lovely rings! Find out what the rings are made of, what they look like up-close (it’s a lot different than how they look from far away!), and how they are thought to have formed. You’ll also discover what elements Saturn is made from — and one pretty interesting fact about the planet’s low density. Finally, you’ll see why Saturn is called the Jewel of the Solar System! How stunning!
We know it has a funny name, but it’s time to give Uranus some respect! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby discuss the blue-green world known as Uranus. You’ll find out what makes it that pretty aquamarine color, as well as what else is inside this gas planet. Learn why Uranus is in fact one of the coolest planets ever, based on its funky orientation — let’s just say it’s majorly flipped! And you’ll see how that orientation has a major effect on Uranus’s seasons. You can also discover all the many, many objects orbit this gas giant! Uranus, Uranus, Uranus. Okay, that is pretty funny!
Anyone want to take a quick trip to Neptune? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby take you to the distant reaches of the solar system to show you the planet Neptune! You’ll learn why Neptune is so blue, as well as some fun facts on how the planet was discovered. Check out the huge storm raging on this gas giant, and learn about the funky, clumpy rings that surround it. You’ll meet the big brother of Neptune’s many moons (named Triton), and see why astronomers say this moon’s got a weird motion going on around its home planet. All aboard!
Okay, so Pluto is no longer a planet. But it's still cool enough to have its own BrainPOP movie! In our movie, Tim and Moby will tell you all about what Pluto is, exactly, and why it was recently demoted from planet status. You'll also find out more about the planet itself, including its composition, weird orbit, and moons! Let’s hear it for the little guy!