Apparently this is the high point of solar flares - an 11 year high. So you might want to see the video here.
This is not a very original source - wikipedia - but it is a good way to remember the planets using your hands.
The planets are also a fun time to work on creating a mnemonic device of some type to help you remember the order. Here are some to get you started thinking.
I realize I am a little behind here but Land Ho is a book I found at the library that does a great job telling a little about each of the explorers and includes our geography for this week (since this is the area Columbus explored). It does also show the Vikings' route which is one of our timeline issues.