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Solar System animation, showing the eight planets that orbit the Sun. The sizes of the orbits are not to scale. Most of the mass of the solar system is found in the Sun. The eight planets, from inner to outer, are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The inner four planets are rocky, the outer four are gas giants. The asteroid belt is shown between Mars and Jupiter. Also shown is the elongated orbit of a comet, crossing the ecliptic plane.
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