"A solar system is like a single family, including the people, their pets, and their belongings. A star cluster is like an apartment building: lots of families living in one big building, each family being its own solar system. Just like not all families live in apartment buildings, not all solar systems are in star clusters. A galaxy is like a city -- a large collection of families and apartment buildings."
"the facts are staggering beyond all understanding; but the truth is that in the boundless universe the Solar System is like a grain of sand upon the seashore."
"The solar system is like a large natural laboratory, where many highly structured and complex dynamical processes are simultaneously taking place."
"Essentially, the solar system is like a disc that acts as a whole. The sun does not move independently though space, but is, with the solar system, stuck in the the ..."
The planets Represented different fruits of different sizes.
"The planets could be compared to the organelles of a cell and gravity in the Solar System is like the cytoskeleton of a cell because they hold everything in place."
"The Solar System is like a cosmic shooting gallery, with asteroids and comets whizzing through space, occasionally zooming perilously close to Earth."
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