Other Solar System bodies

The asteroid Ida

Other Solar System bodies

Objects such as comets, asteroids and dwarf planets are scientifically important and can be just as visually spectacular as the planets and moons.

In 1994 the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 put on an amazing display for Earth observers when it crashed into Jupiter.

The Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud extend out far beyond the planets and are full of icy objects that may become comets like Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Photo: The asteroid Ida taken by the Galileo probe (NASA/JPL/USGS)

All Other Solar System bodies [5]