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A Guide to the Solar System

By Peter Clark

Introduction

A trip through our cosmic neighbourhood Aimed at all levels of previous knowledge, some mathematical content

Peter Clark — 20 year old QUB MSci Physics with Astrophysics student Science and Space lover, blogger and ...

Added by Peter Clark: “This gives a short introduction to the series and what it hopes to cover

1 Introduction

My first series will focus on the local region of the universe in which we live - our Solar System. I aim to present the series in a way that should be easy to follow for anyone, whether you know a little about astronomy or a good deal. There will likely be some maths in a several of the sections

Added by Peter Clark: “Our first port of call - Mercury

2 Marvelous Mercury

This is the first content section in my series - A Guide to the Solar System. Our first stop on our grand tour of the Solar System is Mercury. Mercury is the innermost planet in our solar system; it sits very close to the sun with an average orbital distance of 0.39AU (1 AU is the average distance from the

4 NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

NASA announced the winners of the high stakes science instrument competition to fly aboard the Mars 2020 rover at a briefing held today, Thursday, July 31, at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 2020 rover's instruments goals are to search for signs of organic molecules and past life and help pave the way for future human explorers. Seven carefully-selected

5 Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, or a boulder from an asteroid. The near-Earth asteroid, called 2011 MD, was found to be roughly 20 feet (6 meters) in size, and its structure appears to contain a

Added by Peter Clark: “An interesting news item on the continuing shrinkage of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot

7 The shrinking of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot - a swirling storm feature larger than Earth - is shrinking. This downsizing, which is changing the shape of the spot from an oval into a circle, has been known about since the 1930s, but now these striking new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture the spot at a smaller size than ever before.

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