Solar System

  • Unusual Facts about the Moon

    From romantic plays to science fiction novels, Earth’s moon remains an enigma. The Moon has a cult influence on everything, be it the mythology, language or art. There are many unusual moon facts that we can ever think of. Here are a few interesting...
    By Anurag Ghosh June 9, 2011 

  • Facts and Information About the Dwarf Planet Eris

    The dwarf planet Eris is the newcomer that started the debate about the difference between planets and dwarf planets. Have you ever wondered what happened to Pluto, and why we now have eight planets, rather than nine?
    By Donna Cosmato June 8, 2011 

  • Facts And Information About The Van Allen Radiation Belt

    Cosmic particles, once a topic of mystery and science fiction, are found in abundance in Earth's vicinity. In the late 1950's, James Arthur Van Allen launched a probe to learn more about them. What exactly are the Van Allen Belts, and what are...
    By VinceSummers June 8, 2011 


  • Which Planets Have Magnetospheres?

    Science fiction movies once indicated astronauts were in grave danger from the Van Allen belt. That was disproved by the discovery of earth's magnetosphere. Not everyone knows that earth is not the only planet with a true magnetosphere. In fact, five...
    By VinceSummers June 4, 2011 

  • Formation and Examples of Protoplanets

    Protoplanets are like small planets; in fact, they are a smaller version of a dwarf planet. One example of a dwarf planet is Pluto. Astronomers believe that protoplanets objects form during the creation of a Solar System. Typically, protoplanets are...
    By George Garza June 2, 2011 

  • All About Water in Space: What is and What's Possible

    Recent scientific discoveries have proven that there is water in space. So why exactly should we care and what does this mean for the future of space travel? Read on to find out just why water in space is so coveted and necessary!
    By Dorothy Bland June 1, 2011 


  • Beyond the Asteroids - Kuiper Belt Objects

    The asteroid belt contains small objects of iron-nickel, silicate rock and carbon—plus water and carbon monoxide ices—located mostly between Mars and Jupiter. Now, over 100 years later, other objects have been discovered in a belt lying outside...
    By VinceSummers May 26, 2011 

  • Nothing But the Facts About Ganymede, Jupiter's Largest Moon

    Ganymede is not only Jupiter's largest moon—it is the largest natural satellite in the Solar System. It is larger even than the planets Pluto and Mercury. Ganymede is believed to have an iron core, and is the only moon known to have its own...
    By VinceSummers May 26, 2011 

  • Explanation of the Ecliptic Plane

    The plane of the ecliptic comes from the orbits of the Earth about the Sun. The Earth orbits the Sun at a particular angle and its orbit is elliptical. The Ecliptic name comes from the moon passing in front of the Sun; a New Moon creates a Solar Eclipse...
    By George Garza May 25, 2011 

  • A Guide to the Solar System Geology of Terrestrial and Dwarf Planets

    Learn about the geology of solar terrestrial planets like Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the dwarf planets like Ceres and Pluto.
    By Kayar May 25, 2011 
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