Solar System

Links checked 2017 Apr 25.

Tours of the Solar System

Asteroids -- Comets -- Meteors -- Mars -- Venus -- Pluto -- Saturn -- Sun -- Moon

Current Diagram of Solar System

Planetary and Satellite data -- Fact Sheet -

General Solar System Surveys/Tours

Planetary Data Systems -- data from all Solar System exploration missions



Ephemerides of the Planets -- Solar System Dynamics Group at JPL --


Kuiper Belt October 7, 2002--HUBBLE SPOTS AN ICY WORLD FAR BEYOND PLUTO--NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the largest object in the solar system seen since the discovery of Pluto 72 years ago. Approximately half the size of Pluto, the icy world 2002 LM60, dubbed "Quaoar" (pronounced kwa-whar) by its discoverers, is the farthest object in the solar system ever to be resolved by a telescope. It was initially detected by a ground-based telescope as simply a dot of light, until astronomers aimed Hubble's powerful telescope at it. Quaoar is about 4 billion miles away from Earth, well over a billion miles farther away than Pluto. Unlike Pluto, its orbit around the Sun is circular, even more so than most of the planetary-class bodies in the solar system. Although smaller than Pluto, Quaoar is greater in volume than all the asteroids combined (though probably only one-third the mass of the asteroid belt, because it's icy rather than rocky)... RELEASE: 02-190--



Models of the Solar System
  • MOON
  • Origin of the Solar System



    Planetary Names (features on bodies in the solar system): USGS planetary gazetteer --




    What would I weigh on another planet?