Solar System Exploration – The Kuiper Belt

Beyond the orbit of the outer giants, beyond the orbit of Pluto even is a region of the solar system is the Kuiper belt. A place where the material left over from the creation of the solar system resides. We're not quite into interstellar space (the space between the stars) yet, in fact we're not... Continue Reading →

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Solar System Exploration – Pluto

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Analysis of the outer planets suggested a planet out beyond Neptune and having taken photographs of the night sky and comparing them the movement of Pluto across the sky gave it's position away. The mass of Pluto did not account for the gravitational anomalies, but Pluto was... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Neptune

Neptune was discovered in 1846, the credit of discovery is split between Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams. Both these astronomers used permutations in the orbit of Uranus to locate Neptune before observing it.  Neptune is the only planet to have been discovered from mathematical computation rather than direct observation. Although Galileo had observed Neptune... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Uranus

We're really getting far away from the sun now as our exploration takes us to Uranus. Uranus is the first planet to have been discovered in relatively modern times with a telescope. It was discovered by William Hershel in 1781 who at first thought he had discovered a comet. Uranus is the ancient deity God... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Saturn

Moving away from Jupiter, our next visitor is Saturn. Saturn is twice the distance from the sun than Jupiter is, so there is a long, cold gap between the two worlds. This isn't surprising as the gravitational pull of these two planets would either capture or knock away any other object of any substantial mass.... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Jupiter

Moving away from the rocky planets of the inner solar system the first planet in this region is the king of the planets - Jupiter. This is especially fitting as Juno has just entered orbit of Jupiter at the start of it's mission to find out more about this giant. Veiled in colourful clouds of... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Mars

Our next stopping place in the solar system is Mars. Mars is named after the Roman God of War, it's also called the Red planet after it's distinct red colour, which can be made out - even to the naked eye! It's a terrestrial planet with some similarities to Earth, for example it's relatively temperate, liquid... Continue Reading →

Solar System Exploration – Earth

Our exploration of the Solar system moves away from the fiery inner solar system to find a blue planet in the more temperate climes of space - we find our own planet Earth. Earth was not named after Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses like other planets and moons in the solar system. Instead the... Continue Reading →

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