The Solar System

Discover all you need to know about the planets, comets and asteroids that orbit the Sun and make up our Solar System. Read the varying theories about the origins of the Solar System and find out how you can become an amateur astronomer and view it with your own eyes.

Find out everything you wanted to know about partial and total solar and lunar eclipses, including when to see them in the UK

The planet Uranus: first of the planets to be found in the modern era and dressed in rings. It orbits the sun on its side and the wrong way round!

What would you see at the furthermost edge of the Solar System as you finally left the Sun behind?

The planet Venus: known for love, rotational contrariness, crushing atmospheres, furnace-like temperatures and acid rain.

The planet Jupiter's more massive than all the other planets in the Solar System put together. It's a stormy mass of raging gas and metallic hydrogen.

How high can you go? Get the low-down on all that's 'high up' in our fact-packed infographic. Who has flown the highest? Could we really build an elevator to space?

The planet Mars: perfect if you like freezing dust clouds of tremendous intensity but dislike oxygen and gravity.

The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 384 400 km (238 855 miles), however the answer to this question is not as straightforward as you might think as it depends on when you ask the question. The exact distance to the Moon is determined by the shape of its orbit and precisely where it is in its orbit.

The planet Mercury is the smallest and nearest planet to the Sun in the Solar System.

The planet Neptune is the furthest planet from the Sun and is orbited by Triton.