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        In our solar system, there are eight planets orbiting the Sun. Because of the way in which the solar system formed, each planet developed particular characteristics based on its distance from the Sun. In general, small rocky planets are located close to the Sun and large gaseous planets are further away. This image from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory illustrates the approximate relative sizes of the Sun and planets (as well as the dwarf planet Pluto) and their relative location (although distance is not to scale).

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