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Planetary orbits. Computer illustration of the orbits of some of the planets of the solar system. The Sun is at centre. The orbit of Pluto (outermost) is highly elliptical and is inclined compared to the orbits of the inner planets. The orbits of Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury, the planets nearest the Sun, are all within the inner circle at this scale. Pluto's orbit overlaps with that of Neptune, meaning that Neptune is the furthest planet from the Sun at times. Inside Neptune's orbit, in order of their decreasing distance from the Sun, are the orbits of Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter.
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