Solar Events

Starry Sun - Ruling the Solar System

Diagram of Solar System

The solar system consists of the Sun; the nine planets, about 90 satellites of the planets, a large number of small bodies (the comets and asteroids), and the interplanetary medium. There are also many more planetary satellites that have been discovered but not yet been officially named…
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Picture of Solar System Planets

This image shows the nine planets with approximately correct relative sizes. In order to get a good visual of the relative sizes of our solar system, imagine a model that has been reduced by a factor of one billion….
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New Planets

The classification of these objects is a matter of minor controversy. Traditionally, the solar system has been divided into planets (the big bodies orbiting the Sun), their satellites (a.k.a. moons, variously sized objects orbiting the planets), asteroids (small dense objects orbiting the Sun) and comets (small icy objects with highly eccentric orbits)…
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