The Origin of Our Solar System

The tenth conceptual objective, “I can describe the nature of our solar system and how it was formed”, has been discussed frequently in class as of late. Many different characteristics that are used to classify our solar system can explain the origin and nature of it. How our solar system was formed has been a mystery for many years. The nature and origin of our solar system can now be clarified and understood. Our solar system primarily consists of the Sun, the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the four outer planets. The four inner planets include: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The outer planets consist of: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The solar system’s layout and composition indicate clues as to how it was formed. All of the large bodies in our solar system have nearly perfect circular orbits. Planets can also be classified in two major categories; terrestrial and Jovian (gaseous). Four common/major features are used to indicate our solar systems formation. The patterns of motion, the two types of planets, asteroids and comets, and some other exceptions to the rules are the four features used to provide clues as to how the solar system was formed. Our solar system is said to have formed nearly 4 1/2 billion years ago. The formation of our solar system is known as the solar nebula; a cloud that gave birth to our solar system. The age of our solar system can be measured by the method of radiometric dating. This process relies on careful measurements of the proportions of various atoms in rocks. The nature and origin of our solar system has been a topic of discussion in class recently. The article I chose, “Studying the Solar System with NASA’s Webb Telescope”, relates to our ninth conceptual objective as well as our current conceptual objective ten. As mentioned in my previous blog post, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be used to view distant stars and galaxies. This telescope will also study our solar system. The planets, moons, comets and asteroids in our solar system will all be viewed in order to get a better, more complete understanding of our solar system’s nature and origin. Our tenth conceptual objective aims towards explaining the formation of our solar system. The article I chose, explains how the James Webb Space Telescope will study the solar system. The telescope is scheduled to launch in 2018, and will have a spectacular view of objects in our solar system. The evolution of our solar system will become more clear with the help of this telescope. Many other characteristics of the solar system will also become more clear. Many questions still need to be answered about our solar system, the James Webb Space Telescope will surely answer some of them. In class, we exercised this concept in the powerpoints as well as exercises in the Lecture-Tutorial book. In the Lecture-Tutorial book, in the section titled,”Temperature and Formation of Our Solar System”, different temperatures of planets in our solar system were discussed. In class, we learned that at temperatures hotter than freezing, hydrogen and helium likely had too much energy to condense together to form the Jovian planets. This was also illustrated in the Lecture-Tutorial book. We also discussed how certain telescopes are used to examine the solar system. The telescope discussed in my chosen article can be related to the telescopes discussed in class. Determining certain characteristics of our solar system can be done with telescopes. Describing the nature of our solar system was discussed in class. My chosen article examines a specific telescope and its ability to study the solar system. This article clearly demonstrates the tenth conceptual objective and applies it to a real-world situation. This article was very interesting and provided a lot of information. I was intrigued to learn about the James Webb Telescope and what it would be used for. I now know that our solar system will be observed more carefully. This telescope will eventually allow us to further understand the nature and origin of our solar system.


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