The Solar System is the system of our 8 planets, which rotate and revolve around the Sun. Our solar system is one of billions present in our galaxy- the Milky Way, which we orbit the center of. Because of the scale of the universe, it can be difficult to visualize our relative size comparative to the Sun and other planets. Click on the planet above to see a simulation of our solar system
It is important to remember that each planet rotates and revolves around the Sun. The Earth takes 23 hours and 56 minutes to finish a complete rotation, which is about one day. To revolve around the Sun, the Earth takes 365.256, which is about one year. Click the Earth above to see a simulation of our 8 planets revolving around the Sun.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth, peaking at 20 ft! Because their necks are too short to reach the ground, they have to awkwardly spread their legs and bend over to drink water. They spend a majority of their lives standing, even when they're sleeping! Click the giraffe above to see a simulation of a giraffe.
The Tyrannosauras dinosaur or T-Rex actually had many similar features with birds, with similar hip structure and even feathers. Its arms were too short to reach its mouth and thus had to eat using their mouths, which could hold up to 500 pounds of meat with a single bite! Click on the T-Rex above to see a simulation of a T-Rex.
The Great White shark is the Earth's largest predatory fish, growing to be up to 20 ft long and 500 pounds. They utilize their 300 serrated, triangular teeth and acute sense of smell for blood to acquire prey, and can swim at speeds up to 15 mph. Click on the shark above to view a simulation of the Great White shark.
Elephants are the largest existing land animals, and can grow up to 3 meters tall and up to 7500 kg. Elephant tusks never stop growing, so it's easy to gauge the age of an elephant based on their tusk length. Click on the elephant above to see a simulation of an elephant. See if you can guess the age of the elephant!
Although pandas are considered to be omnivores, the average panda eats mostly bamboo, usually counting for 99 percent of its diet. Most pandas spend 12 hours eating each day, consuming up to 12 kg of bamboo! Baby pandas are actually born pink and only measure about 15 cm, about as long as a pencil! Click on the panda above to see a simulation of a panda.
The whale is one of the largest animals to have ever lived! Blue whales can grow up to 90 feet, which measures about 24 elephants. The heart of a blue whale weighs more than 1000 pounds, and pumps about 60 gallons of blood. Click on the whale above to see a simulaton of a whale's heart.
The human heart is an organ that serves to pump blood through your body via the circulatory system. It transports nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to the cells throughout your body, and helps in the removal of metabolic wastes. Click the heart above to see a simulation of the human heart.
The skeletal system of the human body consists of bones and cartialage. Your skeleton serves to facilitate movement, support your body, protect your internal organs, and produce red blood cells. For example, your rib cage serves to protect your heart and lungs. Click the skeleton above to see a simulation of a human skeleton.
The intestines of a human body are long, continuous tubes running from your stomach to your anus. Your intestines serve to absorb the nutrients of what you eat and drink and excretion of waste. Click the human guts above to see a simulation of a human's intestines.
Glucose is a simple sugar with the molecular formula C6H12O6. It is mostly made by plants and algae during photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide, utilizing the sunlight for energy. Although it is used by plant cells to make cellulose in cell walls, it is. also used as a sweetener commercially. Click on the image of glucose to see a simulation of its organic compound.
Fatty acids are molecules that are long chains found in oils and cell membranes. They come from animal and vegetable fats and oils, and are essential dietary sources of fuel for animals. They assist in building important structural components for cells. Click the image of the fatty acid above to see a simulation of its organic compound.
Amino acids are organic compounds that contain amine and carboxyl function groups. They are often referred to as the building blocks of proteins, needed for the vital processes of building proteins and synthesizing hormones and neurotransmitters. Click on the image of the amino acid above to see a simulation of its organic compound.
Nucleobases or nitrogenous bases are nitrogen-containing biological compounds that form nucleosides, which constitute the basic building blocks of nucleic acids. 5 of these bases exist in nature, and are the components of DNA and RNA. Click the nucleobase above to see its organic compound.