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The planet Uranus, seventh planet from the sun, is a giant ball of gas and liquid and was the first planet discovered with a telescope.

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I bet you didn’t know that (30 Photos)

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The planet Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and has a thick atmosphere and the fastest winds in the solar system.

Venus, second planet from the sun, is one of the brightest natural objects in the sky and has been considered Earth’s sister planet.

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and has a thin atmosphere, no air pressure and an extremely high temperature.

The planet Mars, also called the ‘Red Planet,’ is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere and surface features similar to Earth.

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NASA's Kepler mission finds the most Earth-like planets yet

NASA's Kepler mission finds the most Earth-like planets yet...go to the link to see the slide show.

Is anybody out there?

Is anybody out there?

Is anybody out there?

Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, joining Eris, Haumea, Makemake and Ceres.

Magnifying the Universe! Great poster!

Planets and moons of the Solar System

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Infographic: How Mars One Plans to Establish the First Colony on the Red Planet

How Mars One Plans to Establish the First Colony on the Red Planet

This is the highest resolution image of Earth ever made, 121 megapixels. That’s an amazing 0.62 miles per pixel. It was taken by Russia’s latest weather satellite, the Electro-L, which is orbiting Earth on a geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometers above the equator, sending photographs of the entire planet every 30 minutes.

#Astronomy: A Timeline of the Future of the #Universe. Everything that the future holds for the sun, the stars, the planets, and the universe...

Amazingly, a single day on Venus is longer than its entire year. It takes Venus 243 Earth days to completely rotate on its axis, but just 225 days to orbit the sun. Stranger still, Venus is one of two planets that rotates in reverse, a phenomenon called retrograde motion. Most theories attribute the reverse rotation to an ancient planetary collision.