Some facts about our cosmic neighborhood

The sun is at the center of the solar system and is its largest object, accounting for approximately 99.8% of the solar system's mass, according to the University of California, San Diego.

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. It's also the smallest planet in the Solar System with a diameter of about 3,032 miles (4,879 km) only slightly larger than Earth's moon & no moon of its own.

Named after the Roman goddess of love, Venus is the second planet from the sun and the hottest planet in the solar system. Its atmosphere is a thick layer of mostly carbon dioxide gas that traps heat,

The third rock from the sun, Earth is the only planet in the universe known to harbor life. Its habitability is linked to the presence of liquid water.

Mars is known as the Red Planet because of the iron-rich dust that covers its surface and gives it a rusty color. This red hue led the ancient Romans to name Mars after their god of war. 

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Unlike the inner planets, Jupiter is a gas giant, composed primarily of helium and hydrogen.

Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun is the second largest planet in the Solar System. Saturn is known for its prominent rings. Like Jupiter Saturn is also a gas giant composed of helium and hydrogen

Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope by British astronomer William Herschel in 1781.

Pluto, once considered the ninth planet in the solar system, was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006 because it failed to meet one of the criteria in the definition of a planet. 

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