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Solar System and Beyond (NASA)
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Solar System Simulator : View Anyplace from Anyplace (NASA, JPL)
Astrogeology Science Center (USGS)

Our Sun & Solar System Internet Resources (Library of Congress)
Solar System Portal (Wikipedia)

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Solar System : the sun together with the group of celestial bodies that are held by its attraction and revolve around it; also : a similar system centered on another star — Webster

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Solar System is the gravitationally bound system comprising the Sun and the objects that orbit it, either directly or indirectly. Of those objects that orbit the Sun directly, the largest eight are the planets, with the remainder being significantly smaller objects, such as dwarf planets and small Solar System bodies. Of the objects that orbit the Sun indirectly, the moons, two are larger than the smallest planet, Mercury.

The Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant interstellar molecular cloud. The vast majority of the system’s mass is in the Sun, with most of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are terrestrial planets, being primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets are giant planets, being substantially more massive than the terrestrials. The two largest, Jupiter and Saturn, are gas giants, being composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are ice giants, being composed mostly of substances with relatively high melting points compared with hydrogen and helium, called volatiles, such as water, ammonia and methane. All planets have almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic. — Wikipedia

Solar System (Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Wolfram Research)
Planets (Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Wolfram Research)
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Encyclopedia of the Solar System

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A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets (National Geographic Channel)

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Solar System (Wolfram Alpha)
Planets (Wolfram Alpha)

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Weight on Other Planets (Online Conversion.com)





The Planets We Don’t Have (Adam Frank, NPR)

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Almagest (Wikipedia)
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Orrery (Wikipedia)


Solar System Exploration at 50 (NASA)

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Solar System (Space Place, NASA)
Solar System Explorer (Space Place, NASA)
NASA Virtual Field Trip: Solar System Math
Our Solar System (Ask an Astronomer, Cornell University)
The Nine Planets Solar System Tour
Solar System (Cosmos4Kids)
Solar System, More than Planets (Cosmos4Kids)
Solar System II| Exploration (Cosmos4Kids)

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Crash Course Astronomy (YouTube)

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Solar System Exploration, planets (NASA)
Eyes on the Solar System (JPL/NASA)

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OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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