Guide to the Solar System

Sun
The only star in the vicinity of Earth, the Sun is the largest body in the solar system.
Mercury
The closest planet to the Sun.
Venus
Earth's twin? This planet is a cauldron of fiery gases!
Earth
Our home, the pale blue dot ...
The Moon
Earth's only natural satellite, learn more about it.
Mars
The subject of so many exploration missions.
Asteroid Belt
Delineating the boundary between the inner and outer planets.
Jupiter
Jupiter's massive size ensures that it's gravity acts almost like a hoover for smaller planetary bodies in the solar system.
Saturn
This majestic ringed planet and its moons has always been the subject of human interest.
Uranus
Uranus' unusual tilt is its most interesting feature.
Neptune
In the outer reaches of the solar system this gas giant with its great dark spot can be found.
Pluto
The second largest dwarf planet, Pluto is tiny and is kept company so far out by its moon Charon.
Eris
Recently discovered, Eris is a dwarf planet at the very edge of the solar system.

 

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