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Our Solar System: A Pictorial Look at The Planets

Updated on October 05, 2016

Planet Mercury

The surface of Planet Mercury. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and the smallest of the 8 planets in our solar system.
The surface of Planet Mercury. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and the smallest of the 8 planets in our solar system. | Source

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New Horizons Spacecraft

An artist rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft traveling through space.
An artist rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft traveling through space. | Source

Mercury

Mercury

Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system and it sits closer to the sun than any of the other planets. Of the eight planets four are terrestrial including Mercury. Little is known about this planet in relation to the other terrestrial planets in space.

Mercury has had little exploration done and much more is still to be found out. It does however have more surface craters than any other planet as seen from telescopes. So much so that it resembles the moon's surface. This planet has been explored slightly at least on two occasions. In the mid 70's the Mariner 10 shuttle flew past the planet and The Messenger which was sent out into space in 2004 still after ten years continues to orbit near Mercury.

Planet Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun in our solar system and it's the closest planet to earth in terms of size.
Venus is the second planet from the sun in our solar system and it's the closest planet to earth in terms of size. | Source

10 Facts about The Solar System

Venus

Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun and aside from the moon it's the brightest object in the sky at night that can be seen. It's one of the four terrestrial planets and it's the densest terrestrial planet with over 96% carbon dioxide. It's the hottest of all the solar system's planets reaching temperatures as high as 860 F.

Venus has had many pictures taken of it and learning this planet has only just begun. Venus has no natural satellite of any kind. Venus is the closest planet to earth in terms of miles and the planet's size.

Planet Earth

Planet earth with a view centered on North America. Earth is covered in one third water.
Planet earth with a view centered on North America. Earth is covered in one third water. | Source

Earth

Earth

Earth is the third planet from the sun and it's also the densest planet in our solar system. It's a terrestrial planet and more than 70% of earth is covered by water.

Earth has four seasons which are winter, spring, summer and fall. The first human to orbit around planet earth was Yuri Gagarin and he did so in 1961.

A Glimpse Into Space

The sun is the brightest star in the solar system and the star closest to the earth.
The sun is the brightest star in the solar system and the star closest to the earth. | Source
Buzz Aldrin poses for a photo after setting foot on the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin poses for a photo after setting foot on the Moon. | Source

Planet Mars

The Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars in 1997 and it's job is to film, take pictures and pick up samples from the surface of the planet.
The Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars in 1997 and it's job is to film, take pictures and pick up samples from the surface of the planet. | Source

Mars

Mars

Mars is the second smallest planet in the solar system and it's nickname is "The Red Planet". Mars is a terrestrial planet and it's the fourth planet from the sun. Mars has the tallest mountain known on any planet and it's called Olympus Mons.

Plans to land humans on Mars and to eventually populate it and live there are underway as NASA continues to push for Mars missions. The first fly by of Mars occurred in 1965 by Mariner 4 and since then lots has been learned. Currently, five different spacecraft and rovers are searching and finding out new things about Mars on a constant basis.

Planet Jupiter

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system and it's the fifth planet from the sun.
Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system and it's the fifth planet from the sun. | Source

Jupiter

Jupiter


Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and it's one of four planets called Gas Giants. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and it is composed primarily of Hydrogen and less than ten % Helium.

With the size of Jupiter and it's distance from Earth we are still far away from learning and discovering all there is to know about this humongous planet. It's composed mostly of Hydrogen with small amount of Helium and it is known for having what is called The giant Red Spot. This spot resulted from super strong turbulence, winds and storms.

Interesting Facts about Saturn

Planet Saturn

Planet Saturn during Equinox as shown by up lose imaging.
Planet Saturn during Equinox as shown by up lose imaging. | Source

Saturn

Saturn

Saturn is the second biggest planet in the solar system and it's the sixth planet from the sun. It's known as a gas giant and it's been explored twice by fly-bys and once by a spacecraft. Saturn has a 9 planetary ring system composed primarily of dust and rock excess.

Saturn has lots of mystery even though lots is known about this planet based on flybys, spacecraft and photos from afar. Saturn has a pale yellow color that is the result of an atmosphere that is full of ammonia crystals. Saturn is known to have at least 150 known moons.

Note: Please leave your thoughts and opinions about the solar system in the comments box located at the bottom of this space article.

Planet Neptune

Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and it's the eighth planet in our solar system.
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and it's the eighth planet in our solar system. | Source

The Earth and Neptune

The earth is much smaller than Neptune as illustrated by this picture.
The earth is much smaller than Neptune as illustrated by this picture. | Source

Neptune

Neptune

Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and the eighth planet in our planetary solar system. It's a Gas Giant and the planets insides are mainly composed of rocks and ice. Winds reach near supersonic speeds of up to 1,200 MPH.

Neptune was first discovered in 1612 by Galileo but he did not realize what he found and in 1846 it was made an official discovered planet. In 1989, The Voyager 2 made a relatively close fly by and took snap shots.


Planet Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and it has the third biggest planetary radius.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and it has the third biggest planetary radius. | Source

Uranus and the Earth

In 1781 William Herschel discovered Uranus while looking at stars with his telescope and surveying the night sky.
In 1781 William Herschel discovered Uranus while looking at stars with his telescope and surveying the night sky. | Source

Uranus

Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and it's a Gas Giant. Plant Uranus is the third biggest planet in our solar system and it's known to have the coldest atmosphere of all the eight planets. Winds on Uranus can reach speeds of almost 600 MPH.

So far we know enough about this planet to stay far way or get frozen and blown away by the winds. Neptune has Three main planetary rings are thought to consist of ice particles or even possible some Carbon type items. Uranus was discovered in 1781 and it's the first planet to be discovered with an advanced telescope.

NASA Space Shuttle

Space Shuttles are our route into outer space and must be in perfect condition before being launched.
Space Shuttles are our route into outer space and must be in perfect condition before being launched. | Source

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The Sun and The Planets

The eight planets in our solar system plus Pluto are illustrated to show the order of distance each has from the sun.
The eight planets in our solar system plus Pluto are illustrated to show the order of distance each has from the sun. | Source

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      JG11Bravo 2 years ago

      Straightforward, concise overview. Great images too, by the way.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Beautiful images and overview. Jupiter got hit by the Shoemaker Levy 9 comet in 1994. That was interesting, but scary.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

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