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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. StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team StarChild Graphics & Music: Acknowledgments StarChild Project Leader: Dr. Related:  Odd - Grade 3/4 - Solar System

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. Grid-Feed Solar Power Systems Through the use of a grid interactive inverter, solar panels on your roof feed power into the electricity grid. The power that is fed into the grid is metered, as is the power you consume. The above indicative pricing includes installation in most areas of NSW for most house types. This pricing includes GST. A price of $28 per REC has been used in the indicative pricing, and this value may vary. Remote Area Solar Power Systems Solar panels produce energy from the sun which is stored in a deep cycle battery bank.

RussianSpaceWeb.com 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. Since the invention of the telescope, three more planets have been discovered in our solar system: Uranus (1781), Neptune (1846), and, now downgraded to a dwarf planet, Pluto (1930). The four planets closest to the sun—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars—are called the terrestrial planets because they have solid rocky surfaces. Nearly every planet—and some of the moons—has an atmosphere. Moons, Rings, and Magnetospheres From 1610 to 1977, Saturn was thought to be the only planet with rings. —Text courtesy NASA/JPL

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. 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? The Solar System is made up of all the planets that orbit our Sun. Everything in the Solar System orbits or revolves around the Sun. How Did The Solar System form? This is an important question, and one that is difficult for scientists to understand. Scientists believe that the Solar System evolved from a giant cloud of dust and gas. At the center of this spinning cloud, a small star began to form. Further away from the center of this mass where the star was forming, there were smaller clumps of dust and gas that were also collapsing. A Great Storm Once ignited, the Sun's powerful solar winds began to blow. The Solar System Has Over 100 Worlds It is true that there are only eight planets.

Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page 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. Structure and composition The orbits of the bodies in the Solar System to scale (clockwise from top left) The principal component of the Solar System is the Sun, a G2 main-sequence star that contains 99.86% of the system's known mass and dominates it gravitationally.[13] The Sun's four largest orbiting bodies, the gas giants, account for 99% of the remaining mass, with Jupiter and Saturn together comprising more than 90%. Most large objects in orbit around the Sun lie near the plane of Earth's orbit, known as the ecliptic. The overall structure of the charted regions of the Solar System consists of the Sun, four relatively small inner planets surrounded by a belt of rocky asteroids, and four gas giants surrounded by the Kuiper belt of icy objects.

: 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. Moons: This count includes only the moons orbiting the eight planets in our solar system. Asteroids: New asteroids are discovered on an almost daily basis. Comets: Orbiting spacecraft such as SOHO have raised this tally in recent years by catching the comets as they plunge toward the Sun - and sometimes vaporize.

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. The UCLA team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, not visible light, making the cells nearly 70% transparent to the human eye. "These results open the potential for visibly transparent polymer solar cells as add-on components of portable electronics, smart windows and building-integrated photovoltaics and in other applications," said study leader Yang Yang, a UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, who also is director of the Nano Renewable Energy Center at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and holder of the Carol and Lawrence E.

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. For Schools We offer a variety of school education program formats that target the curriculum standards and meet classroom lesson plans. Our free education programs run for 90 minutes. A typical visit for Primary (Yrs.5-6) and Secondary school students can include: Early Primary For early Primary school students (K-4), students are full of questions about rockets, astronauts, stars, and the planets. Booking an Excursion We look forward to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

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