The Earth and Beyond
What is a Planet?
A planet is a
satellite of a star.
There are eight planets (plus Pluto) in our solar system.
All of the planets in our solar system orbit the Sun.
The planets themselves do
We can see some of the planets in the night sky
because they reflect sunlight (like our moon does).
The planets are so far away that they appear to us like dots of light.
They look to our eyes like stars.
The orbit of a planet is
All of the
planets (except Mercury and Pluto) orbit in the same plane.
The picture below shows the
The relative size of the planets is indicated
but the Sun is very much larger than shown.
Click on a planet for more information.
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