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Every round object in the solar system under 10,000 kilometers in diameter, to scale

Filed under Enceladus, Dione, Tethys, Titan, Rhea, Iapetus, Saturn's moons, dwarf planets beyond Neptune, Mimas, Jupiter's moons, Io, Europa, Pluto, scale comparisons, Charon, Ganymede, Eris, Callisto, Mars, asteroid 4 Vesta, Mercury, asteroid 2 Pallas, global views, many worlds, asteroid 1 Ceres, trans-neptunian objects, pretty pictures, Triton, Neptune's moons, Uranus' moons

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Every round object in the solar system under 10,000 kilometers in diameter, to scale Under a size cutoff of 10,000 kilometers, there are two planets, 18 or 19 moons, a few asteroids (perhaps only one of which is actually "round"), and approximately 80 trans-Neptunian objects, most of which do not yet have names. All are shown to scale, keeping in mind that for most of the trans-Neptunian objects, their sizes are only approximately known.

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL and SSI, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Ways in which this diagram is already out of date (as of March 31, 2014):

Estimated sizes for Kuiper belt objects from Mike Brown's "How many dwarf planets are there in the outer solar system?" page, retrieved on March 5, 2014.

Here are several other versions of the graphic:

Round worlds under 10,000 kilometers in diameter that have been visited by spacecraft, to scale

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL and SSI, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Round worlds under 10,000 kilometers in diameter that have been visited by spacecraft, to scale
This diagram is also available without text.
Round worlds under 10,000 kilometers in diameter visited by spacecraft, plus biggest asteroids and Pluto, to scale

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL and SSI, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Round worlds under 10,000 kilometers in diameter visited by spacecraft, plus biggest asteroids and Pluto, to scale
This diagram is also available without text.
Every round object in the solar system under 10,000 kilometers in diameter (no text)

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL and SSI, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Every round object in the solar system under 10,000 kilometers in diameter (no text)

Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

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Comments:

Donald Costello: 04/06/2014 08:24 CDT

Looks like a lot of creative work has been done! Is there a broad description of the data base that indexes all these objects? Is there a metedata description of this data base? Is this data base a sub data base of all (??) The objects on the space?

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