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  • The planets of our solar system orbit within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic plane.
  • You two have to date or the solar system would go out of alignment.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • A rotating solar system hung over his bed like one of those things you put over a crib.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Ten minutes later he was contemplating the solar system again, worried that Grace would find him passed out, clutching a four-by-six bed slat to his chest.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • "I’m fine on my own, thanks," Clarke said, increasing her pace, as if that could possibly deter the boy who’d traveled across the solar system to be with her.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "The solar system," he says.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I bet we looked like the solar system, with me being the sun and Byron being the orbiting Earth.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • I never intended even to leave our own solar system.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It is our first step out into the solar system.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • What Cristian liked most was the strange variety of things that would blow into his yard, from geometrically complex tumbleweeds to basketballs, which could be used to make models of the solar system.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • The guide shows them agate from Brazil and violet amethysts and a meteorite on a pedestal that he claims is as ancient as the solar system itself.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • By the end of the summer he has done the whole solar system, three times over, in pee.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Even in the domestic defense forces within our own solar system, there’s honor to be had.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But there was something about the largest object in the solar system vanishing that tended to disrupt normal schedules.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • At one point he said the cells "would reach a volume greater than that of the solar system."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Time on earth is keyed to a celestial clock, governed by the solar system.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Professor Trelawney bent down and lifted, from under her chair, a miniature model of the solar system, contained within a glass dome.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The earth is only an atom whirling in the universe-of what importance is that bridge to the solar system?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • As they advance themselves, they cause their satellites to progress also; it is a whole solar system on the march.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Our galaxy is a huge disk of stars millions of light-years across, and the solar system is somewhere near the outside edge of the disk.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Dim and wonderful is the vision I have conjured up in my mind of life spreading slowly from this little seed bed of the solar system throughout the inanimate vastness of sidereal space.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Alex folded her arms, not because she was cold, but because she could not remember feeling this light inside, as if her body housed a second solar system.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Even nonscientists were familiar with the illfated astronomer who had been arrested and almost executed by the church for proclaiming that the sun, and not the earth, was the center of the solar system.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was the one who provided the final description of the solar system and the planetary orbits.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • When every planet in your solar system has exploded?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • They might have been a solar system of their own, with nothing else in space, as they went round and round among the dunes and coarse grass of the estuary.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Around white carbon corner lamps bugs of all sizes are lifted elliptic, solar systems.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • But eventually the creators find believers, and the number of believers reaches a critical mass, and suddenly the world becomes round, or the solar system becomes heliocentric.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The little flock of golden birds con-tinued to twitter in circles around her head so that she looked like a strange, feathery model of the solar system.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • What if this guy with the gun comes from a planet in a whole different solar system?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • For one panicked moment, Lou felt as though they had passed right into another solar system on this clickety-clack train.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • The fashionable world—tremendous orb, nearly five miles round—is in full swing, and the solar system works respectfully at its appointed distances.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The goddess is red with the fire of life; the earth, the solar system, the galaxies of far-extending space, all swell within her womb.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • ’tis at her beck the grass hath turned Each blade towards the light And solar systems have evolved From chaos and dark night, Filling the realms of boundless space Beyond the sage’s sight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Has the theory of the solar system been advanced by graceful manners and conversational tact?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Most of the corpses floated within their own small solar systems of blood and tissue.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I’ve spent more than ten hours in the psych ward with Sarah Byrnes—really and truly the toughest person in our solar system—and I’ll tell you what, if life can shoot Sarah Byrnes out of the sky, it can nail me blindfolded.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • …(alpha in Canis Maior) 10 lightyears (57,000,000,000,000 miles) distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of Arcturus: of the precession of equinoxes: of Orion with belt and sextuple sun theta and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained: of moribund and of nascent new stars such as Nova in 1901: of our system plunging towards the constellation of Hercules: of the parallax or parallactic drift of socalled fixed stars, in reality evermoving…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He caught terrible colds lying on his back in the meadows of nights, trying to think out the solar system; he had grave doubts as to the ethics of the Fall of Rome, and strongly suspected the Germans of being thieves and rascals, despite his textbooks; he pondered long over every new Greek word, and wondered why this meant that and why it couldn’t mean something else, and how it must have felt to think all things in Greek.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • As for uncle Pullet, he could hardly have been more thoroughly obfuscated if Mr. Tulliver had said that he was going to send Tom to the Lord Chancellor; for uncle Pullet belonged to that extinct class of British yeoman who, dressed in good broadcloth, paid high rates and taxes, went to church, and ate a particularly good dinner on Sunday, without dreaming that the British constitution in Church and State had a traceable origin any more than the solar system and the fixed stars.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …village of Settignano, three miles back of Florence, on the hills—the same certainly affording the most charming view to be found on this planet, and with it the most dreamlike and enchanting sunsets to be found in any planet or even in any solar system—and given, too, in the swell room of the house, with the busts of Cerretani senators and other grandees of this line looking approvingly down upon me, as they used to look down upon Dante, and mutely asking me to adopt them into my…
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Just as the blacksmith says: "By hammer and hand all Art doth stand," just as the baker thinks that all the solar system revolves around his morning delivery of rolls, as the postmaster-general believes that he alone is the preserver of society—and surely, surely, these delusions are necessary to keep us going—so did I and, as I believed, Leonora, imagine that the whole world ought to be arranged so as to ensure the keeping alive of heart patients.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • DRUMMOND You don’t have much faith in the solar system.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • You’re telling me the earth and the sky and the bliddy solar system came from nowt?
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • Yeah, that would get me out of trouble, around the same time the sun exploded and the solar system died.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • The same Copernicus who concluded that our little earth was not—heaven forbid—the center of the solar system?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • And I believe we live in a solar system, that we go around a sun, (the Sun), and that the Sun is a giant ball of flame.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • In astronomy a nebula is a luminous patch in the heavens far beyond the solar system, composed of a mass of stars or condensed gases.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • A half-hour episode of a science news program, this one on the controversial new subject of infoastronomy, the search for radio signals coming from other solar systems.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Copernicus had no motive for misleading his fellowmen as to the place of the sun in the solar system: he looked for it as honestly as a shepherd seeks his path in a mist.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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