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Stunning pictures of planets including storms on Jupiter and dazzling views of Saturn’s rings

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While you may have grown up learning about the nine planets in our solar system, that all changed in 2006, when astronomers decided that Pluto is in fact a ‘dwarf planet.’ The eight planets in our system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – all have unique features that make them stand apart from the others.

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Saturn is recognisable from its iconic rings, while Mars is known as the ‘red planet’, thanks to its distinctive orange-red colouring.

Meanwhile, Neptune, which is the furthest away from the Sun, can instantly be spotted due to its bright blue colour, and Uranus for its 27 moons.

Space agencies, including NASA and the European Space Agency have taken breathtaking images of all eight planets over the years, letting us peer into the unknown worlds.

Stunning close-up of the planet's surface
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Messenger has also revealed the temperature of Mercury's surface. This image of the planet's north pole shows the extreme heat it is subjected to with red indicating temperatures greater than 126¡c and blue -220¡c
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