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Galaxies, stars and planets
Galaxies, stars and planets

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Figure 6 Schematic view of the Solar System showing the orbits of the eight major planets, looking obliquely southwards from outside the Solar System. Minor bodies are shown schematically: asteroids between Jupiter and Mars; trans-Neptunian objects in the outer Solar System; and the orbits of two typical comets. Note the scale bar showing a distance of 1000 million kilometres or 1 terametre.

 4 Our neighbourhood