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Astron. Astrophys. 335, 281-286 (1998)

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4. Classification

Finally, one can give a hierarchical classification of all the objects of the solar system we have considered here (Fig. 9). We assume that the outer planetary system (Jupiter, Saturn...) constitute the basic distribution of objects in the solar system. The level 1 of this system is split in a sub-system made of the inner planets (Mercury, Venus...). Each outer planet has also its own sub-system of satellites. But in the case of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the level 1 is again split in a sub-sub-system. This classification is consistent with the model of fragmentation for the formation of the solar system described in (Nottale et al., 1997)

[FIGURE] Fig. 9. Classification of the solar system by rank.

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