Favorite Planet Poll – Smithers Interior News
Our solar system is made up of one star – the Sun – eight planets, 146 moons, a bunch of comets, asteroids and space rocks, ice, and several dwarf planets, like Pluto.
The eight planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Mercury is closest to the Sun. Neptune is the farthest. Pluto was kicked out of the “planet” designation years ago, instead classed as a dwarf planet, though some refuse to acknowledge the change.
According to Wikipedia, “the solar system is the gravitational system of the Sun and the objects that orbit it”.
Of the bodies that orbit directly around the Sun, the largest are the four gas and ice giants and the four terrestrial planets, followed by an unknown number of dwarf planets and countless smaller solar system bodies.
Of the bodies that orbit the Sun indirectly – the natural satellites – two are larger than Mercury, the smallest terrestrial planet, and one is almost as large.