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About "Our Solar System"

The website was created in the context of research on using 3 dimensional graphics in web development. There are presented the sun and the planets of our solar system. Basic information about each planet is given, including their size, distance from sun, weight and orbital period. The main goal of the website is to offer its content in an original and interesting way.

The images used as planets' surfaces simulate the real surfaces of the planets. Also, the sizes of the planets as well as the distances between them and the orbitational speeds are implemented with respect to the real proportions, as much as possible. Of course, in order to improve user experience, there are many cases where the real life measurements had to be overlooked. Moreover, the focal distance applied to each planet may make it difficult to understand the difference in the sizes of the planets.

Below you can find some general information about our solar system as a whole.

About Our Solar System

Why is it Called the Solar System?

There are many planetary systems like ours in the universe, with planets orbiting a host star. Our planetary system is called "the solar system" because we use the word "solar" to describe things related to our star, after the Latin word for Sun, "solis".

Where is it located?

Our planetary system is located in an outer spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy.

What does it include?

Our solar system consists of our star, the Sun, and everything bound to it by gravity – the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; dwarf planets such as Pluto; dozens of moons; and millions of asteroids, comets, and meteoroids.

Is its structure unique?

Beyond our own solar system, we have discovered thousands of other planetary systems orbiting around stars.

Is it moving as a whole?

Our solar system orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy at about 515.000 mph (828.000 kmph). We’re in one of the galaxy’s four spiral arms.

Is there life in other planetary systems?

Our solar system is the only one known to support life. So far, we only know of life on Earth, but we’re looking for more everywhere we can.

Have we reached space beyond our solar system?

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are the only spacecrafts to leave our solar system for now. Three other spacecrafts – Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, and New Horizons – are already on their way to hit interstellar space.

Source of information: NASA