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The solar system is where our home, planet Earth is. It consists of 9 planets that orbit a star called the Sun. Some people consider there to be 8 planets and 1 minor planet.

There are four rocky planets and four gas giants. Between them is an asteroid belt and at the edge of the Solar System is an area known as the Kuiper Belt and contains mostly comets that occasionally wander near Earth.

From left to right:

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Nepture, Pluto

Click on the planets on the picture for more information.

 
         
     
         
Venus Earth Mercury Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto