Introduction to the Solar System 
Introduction to the Solar System
by Crash Course
Video Lecture 9 of 47
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Date Added: August 11, 2016

Lecture Description

In today's Crash Course Astronomy, Phil takes a look at the explosive history of our cosmic backyard. We explore how we went from a giant ball of gas to the system of planets and other celestial objects we have today.

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Makeup of a Solar System 2:38
From Gas to a Disc 5:36
Planet Formation Depends on Distance to Sun 7:14
Motion of a System 8:21


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Sun: [credit: NASA/ESA]
Jupiter: [credit: NASA/ESA]
Geocentric celestial spheres; Peter Apian's Cosmographia (Antwerp, 1539):
Mercury: [credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington]
Understanding Solar System Dynamics: Orbits and Kepler's Laws (2008):
Saturn: [credit: Photo by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/Gordan Ugarkovic]
Neptune: [credit: JHUAPL/SwRI/Dan Durda]
Bennu’s Journey:
Artist's impression of a protoplanetary disk:
Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega: [image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
Proplyds in the Orion Nebula:

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Course Description

In this Crash Course series, marvel at the wonders of astronomy with your host for this intergalactic adventure, the Bad Astronomer himself -- Phil Plait. In just 40 short lessons, you will learn the basics of the oldest science known to humanity.

Be sure to check out links to relevant Photos in the description for each video.


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