Maryn Smith (age 10) , the winner of the National Geographic planetary mnemonic contest, has created a handy way to remember the plants with the phrase:
‚ÄúMy very exciting magic carpet just sailed under nine palace elephants.‚Äù
The 11 recognized planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, Pluto and Eris are considered dwarf planets.
National Geographic Children’s Books created the contest in response to the recent announcement about the planets.(Continue reading)