solar system


solar system

noun

the solar system : our sun and the planets that move around it

: a star other than our sun and the planets that move around it

Full Definition of SOLAR SYSTEM

:  the sun together with the group of celestial bodies that are held by its attraction and revolve around it; also :  a similar system centered on another star

First Known Use of SOLAR SYSTEM

circa 1704

solar system

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

The Sun, its eight major planets, the dwarf planets and small bodies, and interplanetary dust and gas under the Sun's gravitational control. Another component of the solar system is the solar wind. The Sun contains more than 99% of the mass of the solar system; most of the rest is distributed among the planets, with Jupiter containing about 70%. According to the prevailing theory, the solar system originated from the solar nebula. See also asteroid; Centaur object; Ceres; comet; Earth; Eris; Jupiter; Kuiper belt; Mars; Mercury; meteorite; Neptune; Oort cloud; Pluto; Saturn; Uranus; Venus.

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