Sun and its planets

Sun and its planets

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sun and its planets. Artwork of the eight planets of the solar system arrayed from bottom to top in their order from the Sun (across bottom). The size of the Sun and planets is to scale, and a scale grid is shown. The four small, rocky planets of the inner solar system are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The four large, gas giant planets of the outer solar system are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. In August 2006, Pluto (not shown) became a Dwarf planet. Planetary rings and moons, and the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) are all shown. The Sun contains 99.9% of the mass of the solar system.

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