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The Solar System

The relative orbits of our sun and nine (er... make than eight planets, plus the former planet , Pluto) planets is shown here. There is an asteroid belt that lies midway between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Pluto, Ceres and Eris are known formally as minor planes because their sizes do not qualify them are full-fledged planets. Pluto was demoted from its planet status by the IAU in 2006.

All of the planets lie within a few degrees of the "ecliptic plane," as can be seen in the image below. All planets except Uranus have their axis of spin oriented relatively perpendicular to the ecliptic plane. Uranus' spin axis lies roughly in its direction of its orbital path around the sun.

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Solar System Diargam - RF Cafe

Planet Orbital
Max Radius
(106 km)
Min Radius
(106 km)
Mercury 69.7 45.9 88 d 59 d 47.9 28º/7º 0.055 4.4
Venus 109 107.4 224.7 d (-)243 d 35 3.0º/3.4º 0.815 10.4
152.1 147.1 365.26 d 23h,56m,4s 29.8 23º 27'/0º 1 11.2
Mars 249.1 206.7 687 d 24h,37m,23s 24.1 23º 59'/1.9º 0.108 5.0
Jupiter 815.7 740.9 11.86 y 9h,50m,30s 13.1 3º 5'/1.3º 317.9 59.5
Saturn 1507 1347 29.46 y 10h,14m 9.6 26º 44'/2.5º 95.2 35.5
Uranus 3004 2735 84.01 y (-)11 h 6.8 82º 5'/0.8º 14.6 21.3
Neptune 4537 4456 164.8 y 16 h 5.4 28º 48'/1.8º 17.2 23.5
Pluto 7375 4425 247.7 y 6d,9h 4.7 ---º/17.2º 0.1 1.3

 *  : inclination to ecliptic (Earth's orbital plane)
** : Mass relative to earth
(-) : retrograde motion

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