Our Solar System Features Eight Planets
Nov. 19, 2008
Our solar system features eight planets, seen in this artist's diagram.
This representation is intentionally fanciful, as the planets are depicted far closer together than they really are. Similarly, the bodies' relative sizes are inaccurate. This is done for the purpose of being able to depict the solar system and still represent the bodies with some detail. (Otherwise the Sun would be a mere speck, and the planets —even the majestic Jupiter—would be far too small to be seen.)