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14.6: Inner versus Outer Planets

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inner planets

or terrestrial planets: The four solid, dense, rocky planets that are inside the asteroid belt: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

outer planets

or gas giants: The four large outer planets composed of the gases hydrogen and helium that are beyond the asteroid belt in our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

planetary rings

Rings of dust and rock encircling a planet in a thin plane.

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