Astronomical Adventures

Planets and Dwarf Planets

From Mercury to Pluto, the planets, and now dwarf planets, of our solar system display a wide variety of characteristics. The following resources are meant to provide some basic information about the similarities and differences of the eight planets and two dwarf planets.

The following Quick Facts articles provide some basic information about the planets and newly designated dwarf planets.

Other resources related to the solar system and its planets are
Solar System Scale Modeler
A Java applet for generating the data necessary to create scale models of the solar system.
Scale Model of the Earth, Moon, Mars, Phobos, Deimos
An article and graphic that illustrates the scale of the Earth and Mars with respect to their moons.


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