Learning about space in Chinese can be exciting and confusing. However, parents can help their kids to learn Chinese by discovering the wonders of astronomy with cool and simple space vocabulary that the little ones can understand.
Planet Name for Kids
One of the most familiar words related to space is “planets,” especially those in our solar system. Here are the Chinese names for the planets and their definitions.
Planet 行星 (xíng xīng)
A large object that circles around the sun or any other star.
Dwarf planet 矮行星 (ǎi xíngxīng)
An object that is smaller than a planet, but is round and orbits the sun.
Mercury 水星星球 (shuǐ xīng xīng qiú)
The planet in our solar system that’s closest to the sun.
Venus 金星行星 (jīn xīng xíng xīng)
The planet that is similar in size to Earth.
Earth 地球 (dì qiú)
The planet we live on.
Mars 火星 (huǒ xīng)
The fourth planet from our sun, sometimes called the “Red Planet.”
Ceres 榖神星 (gǔ shén xīng)
The dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter.
Jupiter 木星 (mù xīng)
The biggest planet in our solar system.
Saturn 土星 (tǔ xīng)
The planet is surrounded by a system of rings.
Neptune 海王星 (hǎi wáng xīng)
The planet in our solar system that’s furthest from the sun.
Uranus 天王星 (tiān wáng xīng)
The planet that rolls rather than spins.
Pluto 冥王星 (míng wáng xīng)
The dwarf planet that used to be considered the planet furthest from our sun.
Sun, Moon, and Star Vocabulary
Let’s explore some of the brightest objects in space with a vocabulary list related to the sun, moons, and stars!
Constellation 星座 (xīng zuò)
A group of stars in the sky that form specific patterns from certain locations.
Galaxy 星系 (xīng xì)
A large group of stars held together by gravity.
Lodestar 北极星 (běi jí xīng)
The name for the North Star.
Milky Way 银河 (yín hé)
The galaxy we live in.
Moon 月球 (yuè qiú)
A natural object that moves around a bigger natural object.
Nebula 星云 (xīngy ún)
Dust or gas cloud you find between stars
Neutron Star 中子星 (zhōng zǐ xīng)
A star made out of uncharged nucleons, or the parts that make up a nucleus.
Shooting Star 流星 (liú xīng)
Solar Flare 耀斑 (yào bān)
Particles and energy that burst from the sun at once.
Star 星星 (xīng xīng)
Shining gas held in a ball by its own gravity.
Sun 太阳 (tài yáng)
The star in the middle of our solar system.
Supernova 超新星 (chāo xīn xīng)
The bright explosion of a star.
White Dwarf 白矮星 (bái’ ǎi xīng)
What’s left after a star collapses.
When it comes to learning Chinese for kids, they can start their journey of discovery through the new words about astronomy and space! This is a great beginning for your kids’ development in Chinese learning as well as their curiosity and imagination.
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