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Our Current Understanding of How are Planets Formed

By on Mar 31, 2014 in Solar System | 1 comment

Our Current Understanding of How are Planets Formed     Have you ever wondered how planets are formed? For hundreds of years astronomers have imagined how it could have formed and formed theories around these ideas as more and more evidence came into the picture. However, we can only observe after the fact planets have formed so it makes it a little difficult to study. There are ways around this and the Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists all over uncover the mystery of how planets are formed. Let’s take a look.   From our understanding we know that a star and its planets form out of a collapsing cloud of gas and dust within a larger cloud, which is called a nebula. Some of these gasses and dust are leftovers from supernovas and colliding stars. As gravity starts to take over and pulls in the materials together, the cloud compresses, churns, and gets...

The Storms of Saturn

By on Sep 3, 2013 in Solar System | 1 comment

The Terrifying Look on the Storms of Saturn     Saturn is the 2nd largest planet after Jupiter and it may look beautiful through a telescope but it can display some ugly and terrifying storms. The image above for example shows a famous storm on Saturn located in the Northern hemisphere. This storm has been ongoing since 2010 and has left a huge tail that almost circles the entire planet. To give you an idea that’s 300,000 km which is 25x wider than Earth! Actually new data was just released today about the new findings on that storm. It turns out that deep within Saturn below its thick atmosphere is ice water, ammonia ice, and a third unknown which possibly could be hydrosulfide. Now the storms on Saturn work similarly to our puny storms on Earth. Think about thunder storms where water vapor are pushed high into the atmosphere where it results into towering billowing...