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Illustration of Earth's solar system, showing the eight planets that orbit the Sun and dwarf planets. The eight planets, from inner to outer, are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Dwarf planets shown are Ceres (near the astroid belt), Eris, Pluto, Makemake, and Heamea around the Kuiper Belt (the region beyond the planets). The inner four planets are rocky, the outer four are gas giants. The asteroid belt is shown between Mars and Jupiter. Also shown are the rings of Saturn and Uranus.
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