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Inner Solar System. Diagram showing the Asteroid Belt and the orbits of planets in the inner Solar System. In upper frame is a top view, with a side view in lower frame. The Sun is at the left of each image. The orbits of the inner four planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are seen as orange lines, along with the orbit of the first outer planet Jupiter. The inclinations of the orbits relative to the plane of the Solar System (blue dashed line) are seen in the lower diagram. The Asteroid Belt is a large region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It contains millions of asteroids, small chunks of rock thought to be remnants from the formation of the Solar System.
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