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    One of the most captivating questions in astronomy today is the how our solar system formed? Not only does the answer adds an insight to other similarly forming systems, but also satisfies our curiosity about the origin of our species. It is extremely unlikely that astronomers will ever know with absolute scientific clarity how our system originated, they can however construct similar theoretical models with faiths of gaining a better understanding. With that being said a simple understanding of…

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    Terrestrial Planets

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    most noticeable differences between these jovian planets compared to the terrestrial planets is their size. To begin, the word “jovian” itself is brought from the name of the planet Jupiter. The word originates from Roman Mythology, and is used to describe other gas planets in the solar system that are similar to Jupiter, or in other words, are composed of gas (Williams, 2016). Even Neptune, the smallest jovian planet, has nearly four times the diameter of Earth, the largest terrestrial planet…

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    within our solar system by Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo in 2014 (Hunt 1) the hunt has been on for the elusive object. The use of extreme Kuiper Belt objects (eKBOs) which are objects believed to not be significantly influenced by Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, contributed to the idea of another object in the solar system influencing them (Malhotra 1). The study of the eKBOs orbit around our sun lead to the proposal of Planet X as the object that explains the orbits of the…

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    In our solar system, gas giants are much bigger than terrestrial planets, and they have thick atmospheres full of hydrogen and helium. They both orbit the sun. Terrestrial planets are similar to Earth made up of mostly rock and have few moons. Gas giants are made up of gas and have a lot more moons. Some of the surface of mercury featured is craters, ridges, and terrains ranging from heavily cratered to nearly crater free. These features help us to understand the evolution of the planet.…

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    naked eye. Galilei’s third discovery concludes that Jupiter has four moons because the four masses that orbit around the planet do not twinkle and have nearly equal magnitudes. He describes how the moons are “wandering around Jupiter like the moon around the Earth while all together with Jupiter traverse a great circle around the sun in the space of 12 years” (86-87). This explains how they are moons rather than stars because they orbit around Jupiter rather than being…

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    Saturn Research Paper

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    Jupiter is 142,984 kilometers where as Saturn is 120,536 kilometers. With Saturn being the second largest planet it still is not big enough to withstand fusion that is needed to power up a star. Saturn is also a gas planet just like Jupiter. It is mostly made of the two basic gases which are helium and hydrogen but its ice particles contain methane, water, and ammonia…

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    surrounding a planet or other material body, that is held in place by the gravity of that body. An atmosphere is more likely to be retained if its gravity is high and the atmosphere 's temperature is low”. Spectroscopy (along with atmospheric probes; Jupiter for example) has determined the Jovian planets contain hydrogen, helium, methane, ammonia, and water gas in their thick…

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    Asteroids Research Paper

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    Asteroids can also have a huge impact on Earth; some are capable of even causing a global disaster. Asteroids are said to be leftover particles from when the solar system was formed. Early on, the beginning of Jupiter prevented any planetary bodies from forming in the gap between Mars and Jupiter, causing the small objects that were there to collide with each other and fragment into the asteroids seen today (Space.com). In the 1800's, Giuseppe Piazzi discovered what he thought to be a new…

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    Chicxulub Impactor Theory

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    Stage One - The Chicxulub Impactor Origin Theory and how Asteroids enter the Earth's Atmosphere. Origin Theory The Chicxulub Impactor is an asteroid whose origin is unknown. A theory orchestrated by David Nesvorný, William F. Bottke and David Vokrouhlický however suggests that it is part of the Baptistina family of asteroids which was the result of a collision in the Asteroid Belt 160 million years ago (2). This theory is supported by the evidence of carbonaceous material that is present in…

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    But in 1990 researchers say that these comets looked odd and the mass quantities of oddball comets led them to believe a Planet as big as Jupiter and they also found a faint glow of a planet using many telescopes in Chile Argentina. The plot thickens when they find Sedna’s strange long orbit may have pulled it into a more or so distant orbit this was discovered by Mike Brown 2003. In 2014 Mike…

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