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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

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

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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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Science Daily, NPR Archives

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Solar System Exploration, planets (NASA)
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OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Solar System News -- ScienceDaily Solar System Planets. Astronomy articles on the eight planets, plus the two dwarf planets, Pluto and Eris. Great pictures of everything in the solar system. Updated daily.

  • Comet makes a pit stop near Jupiter's asteroids
    on February 25, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    After traveling several billion miles toward the Sun, a wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way. The object has settled near a family of captured ancient asteroids, called Trojans, that are orbiting the Sun alongside Jupiter. This is the first time a comet-like object has been spotted near the Trojan population.

  • Apollo rock samples capture key moments in the...
    on February 25, 2021 at 1:25 pm

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  • Parker Solar Probe offers stunning view of Venus
    on February 25, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe captured stunning views of Venus during its close flyby of the planet in July 2020. For more insight, the WISPR team planned a set of similar observations of the Venusian nightside during Parker Solar Probe's latest Venus flyby on Feb. 20, 2021. Mission team scientists expect to receive and process that data for analysis by the end of April.

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    on February 24, 2021 at 5:03 pm

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    on February 19, 2021 at 5:42 pm

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    on February 18, 2021 at 9:20 pm

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  • Planetary scientists discover evidence for a...
    on February 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    The transition from a reduced planet to an oxidized planet is referred to as the Great Oxidation Event or GOE. This transition was a central part of our planet's evolution, and fundamentally linked to the evolution of life here -- specifically to the prevalence of photosynthesis that produced oxygen. Planetary geologists have discovered that Mars underwent a great oxygenation event of its own -- billions of years ago, the red planet was not so red.

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    on February 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    The Chicxulub impactor was an asteroid or comet that crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago and left behind a crater off the coast of Mexico that spans 93 miles and goes 12 miles deep. Its devastating impact brought the reign of the dinosaurs to an abrupt end. The enduring puzzle has always been where the asteroid or comet originated, and how it came to strike the Earth. And now researchers believe they have the answer.