Where, Oh Where Does That Little Object Go?

Each of the eight planets and the dwarf planet Pluto orbits around the Sun in a very special way and in a very special place. Your job is to decide which planet or dwarf planet goes into what orbit on the solar system map below. You may want to look back at the section on the planets and Pluto to help you make your decisions. Each orbit pattern is numbered 1 through 9. The names of the solar system objects are listed in the chart under the solar system map. Put the number of the orbit pattern that belongs to each object in the box under the objects's name. After you have matched the planets or dwarf planet with their orbits, check to see if each is in its right home.

Orbits of the planets

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