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Insert this image of the solar systemEdit

I think this image shows a great overview of the entire solar system, with all the planets and most of their moons, as well as some asteroids and trojans. In the picture all the bodies are in log-scale measured in earth radius. — Preceding [[Wikipedia:Signatures|Dawierha (talk) 09:34, 8 March 2019 (UTC)]] comment added by Dawierha (talkcontribs) 09:30, 8 March 2019 (UTC) — Preceding [[Wikipedia:Signatures|Dawierha (talk) 09:34, 8 March 2019 (UTC)]] comment added by Dawierha (talkcontribs) 09:27, 8 March 2019 (UTC) --Dawierha (talk) 09:32, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

It's hard for the eye to scan. Whoever made it needs to learn how to make colours pop and some basic layout. Serendipodous 10:41, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
No thanks, it looks super messy. — JFG talk 13:23, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Could you please elaborate on what you think is wrong with it?

I think t shows very clearly a lot of the interesting objects of the solar system in one image and it can quickly give you a nic overview of the entire solar system. It also shows a great deal of details which can spark a curiosity for new people to get more interested in the solar system and astronomy. Dawierha (talk) 00:38, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

For what it's worth, I think it's an absolutely excellent diagram, giving a full view of the Solar System out to the Kuiper belt. As for it's being hard to scan or messy, it contains the entire Solar System out to the Kuiper belt, so of course it shows a lot, but it shows it in the most concise way possible. The layout is fine, as it puts things where they actually are (although the distances to the giant planets are not to scale, and sizes of objects are not to scale, so the caption should mention this). Loraof (talk) 21:24, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
It's a nice image. A vectorized version would be much better however. Or better yet upload the source materials to github. ➧datumizer  ☎  01:02, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
I'm with Serendipodous and JFG above. A diagram should either illustrate a point that is difficult to do with words, or it should organise info in an easy-to-follow way. This image does neither. It's too crammed with names and broken arcs to follow. It's also incorrect, with Eris interior to Haumea, Orcus, etc, and the Kuiper Belt beyond them all. The diagram currently at Structure and Composition is a better map. Tbayboy (talk) 01:13, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
It's got some good ideas, but I agree it has drawbacks, too. I'm not sure about the inconsistencies that Tbayboy points out, but I'll assume he's right. In any case, the description with "Every celestial body is in log-scale. The orbits are not to scale..." leaves too much ambiguity; uploading the code would be great, then people could play with color, scaling, etc., and see if a better version could be made. Dicklyon (talk) 03:56, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

Problem with this articleEdit

I did a change to this article for a mistake of data about the nearest planetary system to the solar system, but I did some bad process and the article is wrong right now. I need help to fix it. I do not know to do it. I am sorry. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nosttradamuz (talkcontribs) 01:22, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

It's not a mistake. The nearest planetary system is Proxima Centauri's, as the article states. It is also the nearest star. The only known planet or disc in the AC star system only orbits Proxima. Tbayboy (talk) 17:17, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 25 April 2019Edit


The inner planets of the solar system are also called terrestrial planets, and include Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. They are mostly made up of silicate rock and metals and have solid surfaces. Earth is the only one of the inner planets to liquid oceans but some believe that Mars once did as well. The atmosphere of the inner planets ranges from very thin to very thick. The inner planets orbit the closest to the Sun, and Earth is the only one with known life. Some believe that Mars may have supported life at one point, but proof has not been found. Venus and Mercury are not hospitable to life and it is believed that life has never existed there. Facts About The Terrestrial Planets! The terrestrial planets in our solar system orbit relatively close to the Sun, this gives them their other name; the “Inner Planets” Earth is the most hospitable to life. Mars may have supported life in the past, but there is no evidence that conditions have ever been life-friendly on Mercury or Venus. Each of the terrestrial planets has a central core made mostly of iron. The layer above the core is called the “mantle” and is usually made of silicate rocks. These are rocks rich in silicon and oxygen. The terrestrial planets are also sometimes referred to as the “rocky” planets. The surfaces of terrestrial planets have mountains, craters, canyons, and volcanoes. About 75% of Earth’s surface is covered in water. Both Mars and Earth have permanent polar ice caps. None of the terrestrial planets in our solar system have ring systems. Planetary scientists suspect that they may once have had rings that have since disappeared. There is one dwarf planet considered to be terrestrial-type world: Ceres. It has a rocky core and an outer mantle, with surface features such as craters and mountains. Terrestrial planets exist around other stars. Data from the Kepler mission suggest Earth-sized and so-called “super-Earth” worlds exist throughout the galaxy. There could be up to 40 billion such exoplanets in the Milky Way. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:32, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

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Asteroid belt

The asteroid belt is a region of space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter where most of the asteroids in our Solar System are found orbiting the Sun. The asteroid belt probably contains millions of asteroids.

Asteroid belt facts

.The asteroid belt is a disc shape, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. .The asteroids are made of rock and metal and are all irregularly shaped. .Most of the asteroids in the Main Belt are made of rock and stone, but a small portion of them contain iron and nickel metals. The remaining asteroids are made up of a mix of these, along with carbon-rich materials. .Because the asteroid belt is between the Mars and Jupiter orbits, it is around 2.2 to 3.2 Astronomical Units (AU) from the Sun – which is approximately 329,115,316 to 478,713,186 km. The average distance between objects is a massive 600,000 miles.

Asteroid belt size

The Asteroid Belt is located in an area of space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. That places it between 2.2 and 3.2 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. The belt is about 1 AU thick. The average distance between objects in the Asteroid Belt is quite large. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:37, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

added geological schematic of MU69Edit

I assume my adding this to the formation of the SS section was appropriate. It's the most important discovery relating to the formation of the SS since the demonstration of exoplanets. — kwami (talk) 18:44, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

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