The region of formation of comet Tempel 1 and the model of solar system formation

“Our observation was aimed at studying the chemical composition of the comet Tempel 1,” says Michael Mumma (Michael Turner) from space flight Center NASA Goddard (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). The Mumma and his colleagues used a powerful telescope, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii for a detailed analysis of the light emitted by the gas of the comet at the moment of impact. Since each type of atoms and molecules has its own characteristic frequency of radiation, on the basis of this, scientists were able to determine the chemical composition of the comet’s nucleus.

Comets are blocks, which consist of ice and dust that move in elongated orbits. It is believed that the nucleus of the comet is gas and dust formations, remaining after the formation of the main bodies of the solar system.

When approaching the Sun, its radiation heats the comet’s nucleus, releasing dust and gas. The latter form a coma (cloud around the nucleus) and one or more tails. Repeated heating leads to the fact that disappear from the surface of the substance having a low boiling point. In fact, the nucleus of a comet is formed “crust” that is different chemically from its internal regions. This makes it difficult to determine the true composition of the comet just by studying the gas in its tail. Continue reading

What are the sizes of the planets?

A planet differs from a star. The star is a giant ball composed of hot gases, radiant heat and light. The planet is much smaller in size. It emits no light, but rather, is warmed by starlight.

Let’s look at all the planets in order, starting with the one that is closest to the Sun. The nearest planet to Sun — mercury. The diameter of mercury is 4878 kilometers counts, i.e. equal to the Atlantic ocean. And that means mercury is much smaller than Earth.

The next planet is Venus. It’s almost the same size as our Earth. In diameter it has about 12 100 kilometers, and the Earth’s diameter is 12 kilometers 742,5. By the way, Venus rotates around the Sun in the opposite direction, from East to West. For Venus is Earth, then Mars.

Reddish color of the planet Mars has always distinguished it from other heavenly bodies of the Solar system. The diameter of this planet has 6780 miles. This is slightly greater than half the diameter of the Earth. Mars has always attracted the attention of scientists. Because the surface of this planet is visible to any shape, resembling canals. Out of all the planets of the Solar system except our Earth, on Mars it is most likely sushestvovaniya any form of life, maybe vegetable. Continue reading

Solar system

The science of studying celestial bodies and the Universe, astronomy . is one of the most important, since the beginning of time and reveals the secrets of our planet, Solar system and the Universe. The solar system consists of the Sun and many other celestial bodies that revolve around the Sun. It is located in Orion, one of the outer arm of the milky Way galaxy . the sleeves of these zones, which are characterized by a low density of matter.

What is in our Solar system?

In our solar system, you can find the planets mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and their satellites.

In the beginning, people thought that our planet Earth is in the center of the Universe, and the Sun, the stars revolve around the Earth. Copernicus, born in 1473, was the first person who proved that the Earth together with other planets of our solar system revolve around the Sun. Continue reading

Private space flights have become almost commonplace
The Antares rocket with the space vehicle-truck Cygnus was launched from wallops flight facility in Virginia on the US East coast. This is the second flight of Cygnus to the…

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The story of the creation of the ISS
In 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the beginning of works on creation of an American space station. In 1988 the station was named "Freedom" ("Freedom"). At that time it…

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Sergey Vinsky is planning a trip to the moon
Only three years left until that happy moment when the first space tourist from Earth will be in lunar orbit. To launch travelers into space will be from Baikonur. The…

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