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Chapter 1 Class 6 Geography - The Earth and the Solar System

What is the path taken by the planets to go round the sun called?


Answer by Student

The path taken by the planets to go around the sun is called an orbit .

Detailed Explanation by Teachoo


  • An orbit is a curved path that an object follows around another object due to gravity . Gravity is a force that pulls objects together. The sun has a very strong gravity because it is very big and heavy. The planets have a weaker gravity because they are smaller and lighter.
  • The sun’s gravity pulls the planets towards it, but the planets also have their own motion. They move sideways at a certain speed and direction. This motion makes them go around the sun in a circular or elliptical shape. This shape is called an orbit.

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