solar system

Introduction

solar system, the sun and the surrounding planets, natural satellites , dwarf planets, asteroids, meteoroids, and comets that are bound by its gravity. The sun is by far the most massive part of the solar system, containing almost 99.9% of the system's total mass. The principal members of the sun's retinue are the eight major planets ; other parts of the solar system are discussed in separate articles: see asteroid , comet , dwarf planet , and meteor .

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