The Solar System


The Solar System is the realm of the Sun.

It consists of a number of different objects.

The Solar System does not include the stars.

In this section, I will introduce the reader to the main bodies in the Solar System. Tables will give more detailed information.

Tabulated details about the Sun with explanations of the terms used. The Sun is the Solar System's star, a huge ball of glowing gases.

Tabulated details about the Earth with explanations of the terms used. The Earth is the Solar System's third planet. It is the only planet that is known to harbour life.

Tabulated details about the Moon with explanations of the terms used. The Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite and the only other body apart from the Earth itself that human beings have visited.

Tabulated details about the eight major planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) with explanations of the terms used. There are links to tables about the satellites of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Tabulated details about selected minor planets (Astroids, Trojans, Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects) with explanations of the terms used.

Tabulated details about the two moons of Mars.

Tabulated details about the 63 moons of Jupiter.

Tabulated details about the 60 moons of Saturn.

Tabulated details about 27 moons of Uranus.

Tabulated details about the 13 moons of Neptune.

Tabulated details about the 4 moons of Kuiper Belt Object, Pluto.

Tabulated details about the 2 moons of Kuiper Belt Object, Haumea.


Coming soon....

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This section is dedicated to Bob Snell.

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A table containing a list of the 20 brightest stars and explanations of all the associated terms like magnitude, spectral type and radial velocity.

When and how humans gained knowledge about the Universe and our place in it.

How the various properties of stars are measured.

The force that moves apples and planets. A short introduction to the ideas of Kepler and Newton that culminated with the theory of Universal Gravitation.

External Solar System Links

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The NASA Page
Up to date information and images from NASA about all aspects of astronomy.

Planet Quest
Database of extra-solar planets.