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The fourth planet from the Sun is _______.
(A) Mercury
(B) Venus
(C) Earth
(D) Mars

Last updated date: 17th Jul 2024
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Hint: To find the fourth planet from the Sun, we need to be aware of the order of the planets in our Solar System and hence, we need to know at least a little bit about the solar system. The Solar System is a system consisting of the Sun and the objects orbiting it, bound by the gravity of the Sun.

Complete step by step answer:
The current count of the planets orbiting the Sun is eight. These include the inner, rocky planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The outer planets are gas giants Jupiter and Saturn and ice giants Uranus and Neptune.
From the configuration of the planets in our solar system listed above, we can easily say that the fourth planet from the Sun is Mars.

Hence (D) is the correct option.

Additional Information:
1) Mercury is the smallest planet with the shortest revolution time around the Sun (just eighty-eight days).
2) Venus has a thick atmosphere making it the hottest planet in the solar system.
3) Earth is the only planet in our solar system to have liquid water on the surface.
4) Mars is home to the tallest mountain and the largest dust storms in the Solar System.
5) Jupiter is known for its dark red spot which is a storm larger than the size of the earth.
6) Saturn has the brightest, most massive and complex ring system out of all the planets.
7) Uranus is tipped on its axis by almost ninety degrees.
8) Neptune was first discovered by calculations, not observation.

Note: There has been a great deal of confusion about the number of planets in the recent past. Earlier there were nine planets in our solar system, the ninth planet being Pluto, which is now considered to be a dwarf planet. The dwarf planets are extremely small and hence lack the gravitational force to hold other objects in their orbits.