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Quiz 5. Properties Of The Solar System

Sketch diagrams of the inner and outer Solar System, showing the orbits of the planets and labeling each one. Indicate the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt on your sketches. Then, in terms of what we think we know about the formation of the Solar System, explain (a) why all the planets orbit in the same direction, and (b) why there are two different kinds of planets.

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