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Comets of the Solar system

Comets: the oldest inhabitants of the Solar system

J. L. Lagrange (1813) was also based on firmly established facts – the presence of comets that definitely move in elliptical orbits, including short-period. He explained the origin of comets gigantic volcanic explosions – emissions (eruption) with giant planets. It is, in principle, could explain the nature of the orbits of short-period comets. Subsequently, the views of La Grange shared and developed a number of scientists, among which the most important contribution of the Soviet astronomer S. K. Bo, who worked in this direction with the 20-ies to 80-ies of our century. He has eliminated the biggest internal difficulty is the concept of Lagrange – the necessity of the ejection of cometary masses (nuclei) with the “surface” of the giant planets with their powerful gravity fields, the overcoming of which requires an initial speed of 60 km/s and more. Giant planets also have thick (the length of many thousands of miles) and very dense atmosphere, in the middle of the twentieth century has been very problematic the very existence of a solid surface planets – giants beneath these atmospheres. Continue reading

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

The most important mysteries of the solar system

The earth is the home of humankind. Can be considered and the Solar system. After all, we already went to the moon, our spacecraft has reached other planets. It would seem that about the area of Land we need to know everything.

Actually mankind for decades trying to unravel such close and such mysterious phenomena. Describe below of the top ten mysteries of the Solar system.

The Oort Cloud. The main issue regarding this site is that whether there is any? This is perhaps the chief mystery of our Solar system. Scientists have suggested the existence of clouds only hypothetically, but this piece of the Universe no one has seen. The theories then formed comets with long orbital period. Scientists can only assume that the Oort cloud is at a distance of 50-100 thousand.e. from the Sun. The bounds of this object lying on the very edge of the Solar system. The billions of bodies are from the cloud is bound by gravity to the Sun. Continue reading

View from space
5 documentaries about space, which is a must-see after "Gravity". Of course, no one claims that the recent release with George Clooney and Sandra bullock is a scientific and educational…

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Comets from the far reaches
Astronomers have determined that comets from the far reaches of our Solar system do not threaten the Earth. The discovery was made after computer modeling of the behavior of these…

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Plutonic love
One hundred years ago the world was captivated by the idea of the existence of a ninth planet in the composition of the solar system. But today, in the year…

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