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Posts tagged solar system

August 21, 2014

 

Elements of a galaxy from NASA photos

Colliding Galaxies

After growing increasingly distant, two galactic siblings—the Milky Way and Andromeda—will reunite (billions of years from now).

May 20, 2014

 

Image of zodiacal light in the night sky

Ashes To Ashes, Stardust To Stardust

The secret to the origins of life on Earth could be in the dust that's leftover after solar systems form.

April 3, 2013

 

sun's rays reflecting on camera lens

Mars May Have Tectonic Plates

For years scientists thought only two planets in our solar system had tectonic plates. But, now, it looks like Mars is joining the club.

November 8, 2011

 

An artist's rendering of the Earth in glass

Earth’s Close Encounter

An asteroid will whiz by Earth at 29,000 miles per hour. That could cause a big impact, but do we really have anything to worry about?

October 5, 2011

 

saturn, earth, moons

Oxygen-Rich, Cold, And May Have Life!

A Moment of Science looks at the many different moons in our solar system.

September 9, 2011

 

solar system model

A Really Big Lump: How Gravity Created The Solar System

Learn about gravity, stars, and really big lumps on this Moment of Science.

July 7, 2011

 

telescope at the beach

Kepler’s Telescope Spots 2 Planets In Same Orbit. Should We Worry?

Kepler’s Telescope has detected over 1200 possible planets. But this discovery is unique. Scientists found two planets in the same orbit in a system!

June 22, 2011

 

Mars

Where Did The Planets That Orbit Our Sun Come From?

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Where did our planets come from?

January 27, 2011

 

The Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud And Comets

Have you heard about the Oort Cloud?

March 3, 2009

 

Planet Earth seen from space

Earth Collision, Hypothetically

It seems to be possible for planets in a stable solar system to somehow get off track and run into each other. Is our planet in danger?

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