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New Evidence Suggests Mercury Was Formed From A Stellar Collision
2014-07-08 10:50:50

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planet Mercury has an unusual metal-rich composition which has baffled the scientific community. However, new evidence may have solved this mystery. According to a new study published online in Nature Geoscience on July 6, Mercury along with other space objects in the solar system with an unusual metal-rich composition, may be left over from stellar hit-and-run collisions in the early formation of the solar system. The...

solar system formation
2014-05-21 04:49:15

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How do solar systems form? Specifically, why do some systems form smaller rocky worlds, while others are dominated by gas giants? A recent study led by Trey Mack, a graduate student in astronomy at Vanderbilt University, may have found the answer. Stars are dominated by hydrogen and helium, possessing only trace amounts of other elements – what astronomers generically call “metals”. Mack proposed looking at ratios of...

Moon-Forming Impact Dated
2014-04-03 04:49:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using a new method for estimating the moon’s age, an international team of planetary scientists has determined that the satellite formed nearly 100 million years after the formation of the solar system, according to research published Thursday in the journal Nature. The study authors came to that conclusion based on measurements from the Earth’s interior, as well as computer simulations of the protoplanetary disk from which...

Earthen Crust Oxygen Got Its Start During Creation Of Solar System
2013-10-25 07:03:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A long standing mystery in the formation of the Solar System has been solved by cosmochemists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In the oldest, most pristine rocks, oxygen, the most abundant element in the Earth's crust, follows a strange, anomalous pattern that must result from a different chemical process than the well-understood reactions that form minerals containing oxygen on Earth. "Whatever the source of...

Trojan Asteroids Are More Common Than Previously Believed
2013-08-30 05:06:06

[ Watch the Video: QF99 Motion Animation ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus has been discovered by University of British Columbia astronomers who believe the asteroid - 2011 QF99 - is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the solar system's giant planets. Trojan asteroids share the orbit of a planet and occupy stable positions known as...

Super-Jupiter Planet Observed By Astronomers Using the Subaru Telescope
2013-08-06 05:23:10

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are several techniques employed by astronomers to discover planets orbiting distant stars. The most popular techniques seek transits - where a planet will pass directly in front of a star, blocking part of its light. Based on the length of the transit, the amount of light that is blocked, and other factors, astronomers can infer a lot of information about the planet. Additionally, researchers will find planets by...

Complex Origins Of Solar Systems
2013-07-25 11:12:46

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Centuries ago, as astronomers began to discover the extent of our solar system, they also began to develop theories on how our Solar System was formed and how it evolved. The challenge was that the only model available was that of our own - other planetary systems would not be discovered until the later part of the 20th century - so researchers assumed that all solar systems would likely look like ours: central star, small rocky...

Sand Grains In Meteorite May Have Come From Milky Way-Forming Supernova
2013-04-21 07:31:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two tiny grains of silica discovered in primitive meteorites may have originated from the ancient supernova responsible for the formation of the solar system, according to new research published in the May 1 edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. The silica grains were discovered by scientists from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, and was said to be...

Improving The Mathematical Method For Simulating Solar System Evolution
2013-04-12 04:57:04

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It seemed that that we had everything worked out. Astronomers modeled the creation and evolution as the collapse of a giant solar nebula. As the central star formed, the radiation then influenced the formation of the planets — rocky planets dominating the inner sanctum, while the larger gas giants naturally populated the orbits further out. All of this was then encased in a spherical swarm of icy bodies known as...

Latest Formation and evolution of the Solar System Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cosmogony -- Cosmogony is the study of the origins of celestial objects. It is most commonly used to refer to the study of the origin of the solar system. Currently, the most widely accepted theory is that the solar system was formed roughly 5 billion years ago with the collapse of a nebula of gas and dust, likely caused by shock waves generated by a nearby supernova. The solar system would have formed as a member of a star cluster, now long-since dispersed throughout the Milky Way over...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Solar Nebula -- In astronomy, the solar nebula is the gaseous cloud from which, in the so-called nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system, the Sun and planets formed by condensation. In 1755 the German philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested that a nebula in slow rotation, gradually pulled together by its own gravitational force and flattened into a spinning disk, gave birth to the Sun and planets. A similar model, but with the planets being formed before the Sun, was proposed...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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