background preloader

StarChild: The Solar System

StarChild: The Solar System
The Solar System Listen to an audio version of this page. Solar System Activities The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC. StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team StarChild Graphics & Music: Acknowledgments StarChild Project Leader: Dr.

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/solar_system.html

Related:  Odd - Grade 3/4 - Solar System

Download (free) Amazing Space! Student Newsletters : Nightskyonline.info You can download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter for each term. The newsletter’s content will vary but currently includes finder charts for planets visible to the unaided eye (in the early evening sky), where to look for easily recognisable constellations and Moon phases for the months of that term. Cost of Solar Panels, Systems, Cost of Solar Power - Solar Online Australia Cost of Solar Power – Solar Pricing This section lists our typical pricing for solar power systems supplied and installed in NSW. Note that the final cost may vary for some sites. Please Contact Us if you require a fixed price quotation. Our Solar Rebate Info page includes details of the latest Government funding that is currently available to help households and businesses in the installation of small-scale solar, wind and hydro electricity systems.

How did the solar system form? The solar system is a pretty busy place. It’s got all kinds of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets zipping around our Sun. But how did this busy stellar neighborhood come to be? Our story starts about 4.6 billion years ago, with a wispy cloud of stellar dust. This cloud was part of a bigger cloud called a nebula. At some point, the cloud collapsed—possibly because the shockwave of a nearby exploding star caused it to compress.

Solar System, Solar System Information Our Cosmic Neighborhood From our small world we have gazed upon the cosmic ocean for thousands of years. Ancient astronomers observed points of light that appeared to move among the stars. They called these objects "planets," meaning wanderers, and named them after Roman deities—Jupiter, king of the gods; Mars, the god of war; Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the goddes of love and beauty, and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture. : Planets Planets: The planet count in our solar system has gone as high as 15 before new discoveries prompted a fine tuning of the definition of a planet. The most recent change was in 2006 when scientists reclassified Pluto as a new kind of object - a dwarf planet. Dwarf Planets: This new class of worlds helps us categorize objects that orbit the Sun but aren't quite the same as the rocky planets and gas giants in our solar system. There could be hundreds more of these small worlds far out there waiting to be discovered.

The Solar System Our solar neighborhood is an exciting place. The Solar System is full of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, minor planets, and many other exciting objects. Learn about Io, the explosive moon that orbits the planet Jupiter, or explore the gigantic canyons and deserts on Mars. What Is The Solar System? Our Solar System Our solar system consists of the sun, planets, dwarf planets (or plutoids), moons, an asteroid belt, comets, meteors, and other objects. The sun is the center of our solar system; the planets, over 61 moons, the asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other rocks and gas all orbit the Sun. The Planets The nine planets that orbit the sun are (in order from the Sun): Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter (the biggest planet in our Solar System), Saturn (with large, orbiting rings), Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (a dwarf planet or plutoid). A belt of asteroids (minor planets made of rock and metal) orbits between Mars and Jupiter. These objects all orbit the sun in roughly circular orbits that lie in the same plane, the ecliptic (Pluto is an exception; this dwarf planet has an elliptical orbit tilted over 17° from the ecliptic). The inner planets (those planets that orbit close to the Sun) are quite different from the outer planets (those planets that orbit far from the Sun).

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex - NASA's Deep Space Network Come and make your own space discoveries at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex Education Programs The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel; and how we here on Earth communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. The CSC is open to the general public and the exhibits and displays offer a self-guided education experience for children and adults.

Solar System Discovery and exploration Andreas Cellarius's illustration of the Copernican system, from the Harmonia Macrocosmica (1660) For many thousands of years, humanity, with a few notable exceptions, did not recognize the existence of the Solar System. Living on the moon! 00:00:00:00On-screen animation shows a house on the moon inside a dome with a sign that reads 'Home sweet home'.00:00:02:15On-screen text reads 'Living on the moon'.00:00:04:05Shot of Planet Earth in space covered in skyscrapers and dancing to music.00:00:12:09NARRATOR:We've lived on the Earth for a long time, and we've gotten pretty good at it. In fact, we've gotten so good at it that we've started thinking about living somewhere else.00:00:21:15Shot of Mars in space with a sign that reads 'Mars Realty, 1.56 x 10 to the power of 15 sq ft! Extra spacious. 1-800-555-MARS.'00:00:21:15NARRATOR:Somewhere like... another planet.

Researchers Create Highly Transparent Solar Cells for Windows that Generate Electricity — UCLA Engineering By Jennifer Marcus | July 20, 2012 Transparent Solar Cells UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano.

Related: