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What are the planets in order from the sun?

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The order of the planets from the sun is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Before 2006, Pluto was considered to be a planet; as of 2014, it is considered to be a dwarf planet.

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Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called the inner planets. These planets are smaller than the other planets and mostly made of rock. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are the outer planets. They are large balls of gases. An asteroid belt lies between Mars and Jupiter.

A planet is a large object in space that orbits a star and reflects light from that star. As of 2014, scientists have found eight planets in this solar system. Each planet has its own unique orbit. Besides Earth, all planets are named for an ancient Roman deity.

Another class of objects known as dwarf planets was created in 2006. Scientists created this category after discovering new objects in a distant region of the solar system, known as the Kuiper Belt, which were of similar size or larger than Pluto. Dwarf planets must orbit the sun and have enough mass have become round due to their own gravity. Planets have cleared their orbits around the sun so no other similar objects are at the same distance. Dwarf planets fail to do this.

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    What are the diameters of the planets?

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    The diameters of the planets are as follows: Mercury is 3,032 miles; Venus is 7,521 miles; Earth is 7,926 miles; Mars is 4,222 miles; Jupiter is 88,846 miles; Saturn is 74,898 miles; Uranus is 31,763 miles; Neptune is 30,778 miles. As a result, the largest planet by diameter is Jupiter and the smallest is Mercury.

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    What are the planets' rank by size?

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    From largest to smallest, a list of the planets ranked by size is Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars and Mercury. The size of the planets can be compared by calculating the radius, diameter, circumference or volume.

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    What are the names of the planets in this solar system in order from the biggest to the smallest?

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    From largest to smallest, based on total circumference, the planets that make up this solar system are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars and Mercury. Any publication that lists Pluto as a planet is out of date. Astronomers now consider Pluto a dwarf planet.

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    What are the nicknames for the planets?

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    Nicknames for the eight planets in the solar system are Swift Planet for Mercury, Morning Star and Evening Star for Venus, Blue Planet for Earth, Red Planet for Mars, Giant Planet for Jupiter, Ringed Planet for Saturn, Ice Giant for Uranus and Big Blue Planet for Neptune. Pluto was once considered a planet and had the nickname Ice Planet, but it is now classified as a dwarf planet.

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