Solar System Artworks and Composites
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The whole solar system 
Because the distances involved are so vast, it is impossible to reproduce the solar system to scale on the page, so all artworks are compromises. Here are three different approaches to the problem. NB This is the 'standard' solar system in which Pluto is a planet and no objects beyond Pluto are shown (eg the Kuiper Belt Objects or Trans-Neptunian Objects). The artworks are provided without labels, but labelled reference versions are available
solar system artwork
The Sun and  major planets to scale, with their distances from the Sun to a different scale.  Put another way, the planets are shown 750 times larger than they should be on the distance scale. No orbits are shown
solar system artwork
Pictorial view of solar system, as viewed obliquely. The sizes of the planets are not to scale, but are shown in perspective so that the inner planets are closest. All major planets and a comet are shown The orbits are included
solsysa.psd: ssc
The Sun and major planets to scale and in order, but with no distance scale
Selected objects
innerplanets.TIF: ssd
inner planets.TIF
The four inner planets and the Moon to scale. 
moons.psd: sse
The major moons of the solar system (over 450 km), to scale, using spacecraft images. Each family is in order outwards from its parent planet. Pluto's moon Charon is not shown as it has not been photographed
earthorbit.jpg: ssf
The orbit of the Earth around the Sun. Moon's orbit not shown, nor is Moon at true distance from Earth
earthax.jpg: ssg
Shows that the Earth's axis is inclined to the Sun, hence the seasons
earthmoon.tif: ssh
Composite of Earth and Moon on starry background.
earthmoon1.tif: ssi
Composite of Earth and Moon on starry background, with Sun
earthmoon4.tif: ssj
Composite of Earth over Moon crater
tides.jpg: ssk
Artwork showing that the Moon exerts a pull on the oceans, causing the tides 
Cannon1.tif: ssl
Adaptation of 'Newton's Cannon'. A cannonball fired round the Earth fast enough would not fall back but would continue to circle the Earth in 'free fall'
EMaxials1.tif: ssm
Shows that Earth and Mars have almost equal axial tilts
Earthmars.tif: ssn
Earth and Mars to scale
ast1801.psd: sso
Orbits of planets out to Jupiter as known in 1801, with just one known asteroid (Ceres) marked
ast1901.psd: ssp
Same view in 1901, with several hundred known asteroids 
ast2001.psd: ssq
Inner solar system including all asteroids with known orbits. Trojan and Earth-crossing asteroids shown in different colours
Satearth.tif: sss
Saturn and Earth to scale
AW1736.TIF: sst
NASA artwork of Saturn seen from its satellite Mimas
marsandmgs.jpg: ssu
Mars with Mars Global Surveyor
AsteroidMine.jpg: ssv
Artwork by Ian Palmer showing possible future asteroid mining operation
Composite of five asteroids that have been imaged by spacecraft, to scale. (Mathilde, Eros, Gaspra, Ida and Dactyl, labelled)