Our Solar System
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Our Solar System

Early on in our solar system there was a huge explosion originating from the sun. It pushed most of the lighter gasses outwards, stripping them from the closer planets and pushing them towards the further planets, splitting our solar system into rocky planets and gas giants.

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Also see this 'summary' of the bodies of the solar system on Wikipedia.

It started as a nebula

Something like one of these, though we’ll never know what it looked like.

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Distance to scale

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What would they look like from Earth?

How the sky would look if the planets were as close as the moon

8 pictures.

Unaltered photo of the moon…

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If Mercury were where the moon is…

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Venus

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Mars

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Jupiter

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Saturn

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Uranus

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Neptune

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And a different version, in GIF, is here.

Bodies of the Solar System

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