Shortcut Navigation:
B.6.1. Anatomy of the solar system

Anatomy of the solar system

Anatomy of the solar system

  • Exhibition Text

    • Meteorites and the planets in our solar system share an important feature: their chemical makeup relates to distance from the Sun. The planets closest to the Sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) are rocky, while the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) are made largely of gas and ices. The three rocks on display represent three distinct groups of meteorites. The chemical composition of meteorites in each group provides clues to how far from the Sun the rocks may have formed.

      Show more
  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Chemical elements, Solar system, Planets, Astrogeology

      Audience: General

In This Section

B.6.1.1. Eagle


The meteorite Eagle belongs to a group of meteorites (enstatite chondrites) that could have formed relatively close to the Sun. Of the three samples, Eagle is richest in rock-forming elements.

B.6.1.2. Farmington


Farmington belongs to a group (ordinary chondrites) that may have formed at an intermediate distance from the Sun.

B.6.13 Banten.jpg


Banten belongs to a group (carbonaceous chondrites) that may have taken shape relatively far from the Sun.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Maps and Directions

Enlighten Your Inbox

Stay informed about Museum news and research, events, and more!