Solar System Scales (Artist’s Concept)

Illustration of the planets of our solar system lined up with each other.
January 30, 2018
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Artist's concept of our solar system showing a sense of scale and distance.

The planets and dwarf planet Pluto are shown in their correct order of distance from the sun, their correct relative sizes and their correct relative orbital distances. The sizes of the bodies are greatly exaggerated relative to the orbital distances.

The faint rings of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are not shown. Eris, Haumea and Makemake do not appear in the illustration owing to their highly tilted orbits. The dwarf planet Ceres is not shown separately; it resides in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.