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A (major) Planet is a body of considerable mass that doesn't produce light on its own and orbits a star. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in the Solar system). As of the middle of 2001 over 60 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets.

Astronomers call asteroids minor planets, and they call what are commonly know as planets, major planets.

The planets of our solar system (in increasing distance from the Sun) are

All of the planets in the solar system (except Earth) are named after [Roman god]?s. Moons and small planets are also named after gods and characters from classical mythology.

Several [hypothetical planet]?s, like Planet X or Vulcan, were proposed.

In recent years several extrasolar planets were discovered. Some of them are not true planets but [free-floating planet]?s that don't orbit a star.


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