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Download: Solar System Chart

Download: Solar System Guide The Solar System is a pretty big place with some exciting worlds. It can be challenging to contextualize eight planets, hundreds of moons, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies. That's why we created this excel file that categorizes the celestial bodies of our Solar System based on information we have available to us today. We derived this information from the International Astronomical Union, the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. The guide The guide includes classifications, orbital groups, mass, radius and surface gravity of the Sun, the eight planets, their 185 moons, and all known dwarf planets. Let us know what you think! Download Solar System Guide Excel File

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Understanding Gas Giants

Understanding Gas Giants When we hear the term Gas Giants, our minds race directly to several planets located within our Solar System, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These planets share several defining characteristics that allow them to be lumped together into the same category. In particular, it is the high percentage of helium and hydrogen within their over-all composition that places them apart from other more terrestrial solar bodies. However, the term Gas Giant is a bit misleading in that it tells us very little about the actual composition of these unique worlds.Gas giants are composed of a high percentage of solid material. Due to the extreme pressure that exists within the core of a gas giant, hydrogen may be converted into a metallic solid or liquid form. Frequently, there are other materials interspersed within this solid matrix as well. Although all gas giants contain high amounts of hydrogen and helium…

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Super Planet Crash – The Ultimate Space Game

Super Planet Crash - The Ultimate Space Game Have you ever wondered how different masses in space interact with each other gravitationally and how stable solar systems form? Then you will want to check out the game Super Planet Crash.Super Planet Crash is a browser-based gravity game that originated from an open-source program used by astronomers for the detection of planets outside of our Solar System born out of the work of Greg Laughlin and Stefano Meschairi at UC Santa Cruz.This fun and addictive game entice users to create their planetary systems utilizing several different astronomical bodies, including Earth-like masses, Super-Earths, Ice Giants, Giant Planets, Brown Dwarfs, and Dwarf Stars. How To Play Super Planet Crash At the opening of the game, players are given a single Earth-like mass that has been assigned an arbitrary orbit around a central parent star. The challenge is for players to create their solar system…

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