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December 2006
19 Trillion Miles to Explore
 
Use the controls to zoom in and move around the image. Use the navigator box on the bottom left of the image as a shortcut. Art by by Moonrunner Design and Charles L. Floyd
It's a whole new solar system. Far-flung robotic missions and more powerful telescopes keep changing our perspective of the cosmic neighborhood. Here is the solar system in three scales, including the Oort cloud, never directly observed but thought to surround the system out to perhaps 19 trillion miles (31 trillion kilometers) from the sun. All these parts coalesced from material thrown off during the birth of our star 4.6 billion years ago. This art is a snapshot of where everything in orbit stood on December 1, 2006.


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