Our solar system is something to behold! It consists of a star [the sun], eight planets including the one we are currently residing on aka planet Earth, moons, dwarf planets and asteroids, all of which gravitate around it.
The planets in size order:
- Mercury (2,440 km / 1,516 miles) – 38% the size of Earth
- Mars (3,390 km / 2,460 miles) – 53% the size of Earth
- Venus (6,052 km / 3,761 miles) – 95% the size of Earth
- Earth (6,371 km / 3,959 miles)
- Neptune (24,622 km / 15,299 miles) – 388% the size of Earth
- Uranus (25,362 km / 15,759 miles) – 400% the size of Earth
- Saturn (58,232 km / 36,184 miles) – 945% the size of Earth
- Jupiter (69,911 km / 43,441 miles) – 1,120% the size of Earth
 NASA, ‘Solar System Exploration’ (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) <https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/> accessed 15 April 2020;  Elizabeth Howell, ‘The Planets in Our Solar System in Order of Size’ (Universe Today, 21 April 2014) <www.universetoday.com/36649/planets-in-order-of-size/> accessed 15 April 2020;  Kimberly Williams, ‘NASA Selects New Research Teams to Further Solar System Exploration Research’ (NASA, 17 March 2017) <https://www.nasa.gov/ames/press-release/nasa-selects-new-research-teams-to-further-solar-system-exploration-research/> accessed 3 May 2020
So far, rocketing from planet Earth into space, there has been over 300 robotic spacecraft which includes 24 astronauts who have orbited the moon. To date our solar system is the only one known to support life. I recommend following NASA’s Facebook page and checking out their website. I am all about the space pics, their planet photos are absolutely stunning! Do follow a few astronauts’ pages too.
Reviewing what goes on in our solar system reminds me of the majesty of God as it is not man made; we are still exploring and trying to understand what is out there. Galaxies, space, etc, helps me to acknowledge that my understanding of how and why things are is limited. When I am grappling with history or the present through what I have researched, viewed, been taught, or experiencing I know I just have a snapshot of a grand plan, but that really is it just snapshots. I feel like I may butcher this hypothetical, but someone once told me something like, “trying to understand everything God does/allows is like you being blind-folded and being brought to a leg of a very large elephant having never seen one before, and thinking that you going around touching it gives you a full understanding of what it looked like.”
 NASA, ‘Solar System Exploration’ (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) <https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/> accessed 15 April 2020;  NASA, ‘Solar System Exploration’ (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) <https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/> accessed 15 April 2020