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Our Solar System
Our solar system is made up of the Sun and everything that orbits around it. 
Our Sun
This big ball of light makes life possible on Earth. 
   Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.  It experiences wide temperature shifts. 
Venus is the planet most similar to Earth in size. 
Earth is just the right distance from the sun where water can exist in a liquid state. 
Mars is the planet most likely to be colonized (lived on permanently) by humans in the future. 
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. 
   Saturn's magnificent rings were first seen in 1610 when Galileo invented the telescope.However it was known in ancient times. 
Now that Pluto has lost its status as a planet, Neptune becomes the lonely planet furthest away from the sun. 
All sorts of strange things can be found about Uranus. 
Once the planet farthest from the sun (Most of the time), Pluto has been demoted to dwarf planet status. 
Forces in our solar system
There are several forces that determine how objects move about in the universe. 
Black Hole
Is a place where the gravity is so strong that even light can't escape from its pull. 
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