Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Answer to Question 87

A87: The outer planets are those planets in the Solar System beyond the asteroid belt, and hence refers to the gas giants, which are in order of their distance from the Sun:
  • Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, with distinct bands and four very large satellites.
  • Saturn is the second largest planet, with a large and bright ring system.
  • Uranus was discovered in 1781. It is tilted almost onto the plane of its orbit.
  • Neptune was discovered in 1846 as a result of its perturbations of Uranus.
The outer planets all have ring systems, although all but Saturn's are faint.

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