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solar system

(the Sun and what's gravitationally bound to it)

The solar system is the Sun plus objects, gas, and dust gravitationally bound to it. Analogously, a star system or stellar system is the same for a star, which in that case can include additional stars (binary stars).

The solar system includes the eight planets, plus dwarf planets, comets, asteroids and similar minor planets/planetoids, including trans-Neptunian objects, SSSBs, near-Earth objects, centaurs, plutoids, meteoroids, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud (these are not mutually exclusive categories), and the moons of the planets.

The solar system has proven to be atypical, lacking super-Earths, the most common type of planet in planetary systems, and including gas giants, which are relatively rare.


(Sun,planets)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_System
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_system

Referenced by pages:
abundances
anomalous cosmic rays (ACR)
apsis
asteroid belt
astrograph
astronomical unit (AU)
aurora
bathymetry
Birkhoff's theorem
bow shock
CAI
Cassini
cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS)
methane (CH4)
10199 Chariklo
chondrite
collisional erosion
cryogenic spectroscopy
Carl Sagan Institute (CSI)
current sheet
debris disk
drogue chute
dwarf planet
Earth
earthshine
ecliptic
energetic neutral atom (ENA)
ephemeris
escape velocity (Ve)
exosatellite
extra-solar planet
fixed star
galactic tide
giant planet
giant star
Gould's Belt
greenhouse effect
habitable zone (HZ)
HI supershell
humidity
hydrocarbon (HC)
Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)
International Celestial Reference System (ICRS)
insolation
internal gravity wave
Io
interplanetary medium (IPM)
Institut de radioastronomie millimétrique (IRAM)
Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)
intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ)
J2
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT)
Julian date (JD)
Jupiter
Kepler's laws
potassium/thorium ratio (K/Th ratio)
Lagrangian point
Laplace-Lagrange secular theory
late heavy bombardment (LHB)
Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC)
long-period comet
Lorentz force
Love number
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Lyapunov time
magnetic field
magnetic induction
Mars
mass extinction
mass spectrometer
Mercury
meteoroid
Milky Way
minor planet
molecular handedness
moon
Moon formation
multi-messenger astronomy
NASA
nebular hypothesis
Neptune
ammonia (NH3)
Nice model
numerical weather prediction (NWP)
obliquity
occultation
occultation observations
oligarch
Oort Cloud
orbital element
orbital inclination
orrery
Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
Origins Space Telescope (OST)
Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL)
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
Pan-STARRS
phase angle
pingo
planet
Planet Nine
planetary differentiation
planetary science
planetary system
planetesimal
planet formation
planetoid
planet type
Pluto
planetary nebula (PN)
primary
provisional designation
radioactive dating
radiometer
ring system
ROCKE-3D
rotation period
rotating radio transient (RRAT)
Saturn
Scholz's Star
Sedna
signatures of formation
snow line
solar nebula
solar wind
sounder
SSSB
star system
stratigraphy
strong-field gravity
subsatellite
Sun
super-Earth
surface brightness (SB)
synodic period
tidal force
tidal heating
tidal locking
Tillotson equation
time standard
Titan
Titius-Bode law
tomography
transit
transmission spectroscopy
TRAPPIST
Uranus
Venus
Voyager
wide binaries (WB)

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