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Outer Solar System

These outer solar system diagrams show the positions of asteroids and comets with semi-major axes (a) greater than 5 au (orbital periods greater than ~11 years) on 2018 January 1. The orbits and positions of Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and comets Halley and Hale-Bopp are also shown. Asteroids are yellow dots and comets are symbolized by sunward-pointing wedges. The vernal equinox is to the right along the horizontal axis (+X direction).

outer solar system diagram

The view from above the ecliptic plane (the plane containing the Earth's orbit). Higher-resolution is available in PostScript format.

outer solar system diagram - edge view

The view from the edge of the ecliptic plane. Higher-resolution is available in PostScript format.

Only comets and asteroids in JPL's small-body database as of 2018 January 1 were used.