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Tag: Solar System

American Museum of Natural History: Science Bulletins: The Hunt for Planet X

A large, unseen planet may be lurking in the cold, dim reaches of our solar system. Using a combination of theory and observation, scientists have estimated the mass, distance and orbital period of a proposed “Planet X.”  

Wylie Overstreet: To Scale: The Solar System

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.  

BuzzFeedBlue: “209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence”

A fun video by BuzzFeedBlue that puts the word “relative” in focus. We are indeed small in this universe, and this video makes this more than efficiently apparent. Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this.  

Earth and Moon Seen by Passing Juno Spacecraft

When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter. One of Juno’s sensors, a special kind of camera optimized to track faint stars, also …

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NASA: Solar System’s Tail

In this NASA Google Hangout, the agency share news that the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission has for the first time mapped out the structure of the solar system’s tail. Like a comet, the solar system has a tail called a heliotail, that is shaped like a four-leaf clover, according to new IBEX data.

Jon Nguyen: Tour the solar system from home

TED presents Jon Nguyen who asks the question, do you want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Nguyen demos NASAJPL’s “Eyes on the Solar System” — free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time. (Filmed at TEDxSanDiego.)