Planets are not the only thing orbiting the sun. Massive amounts of asteroids, just barren space rocks, are along for the ride in our solar system. Most asteroids flying in from space get cought by our gravity and orbit the sun or orbit other planets. In the animation below with the green belt you can see the giant asteroid belt that surrounds us. It's mind blowing to realize just how much loose rock is in orbit around us, luckily most of it is further out.
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