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1 Solar System Astronomy

2 The Solar System

3 Planetary Orbital Planes are Closely Aligned Edge-on view

4 External view of Solar System

5 Images of SS from Voyager 1

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10 Phases of the Moon [ 29.5 Days ] Gibbous Crescent Full First Quarter

11 Lunar Phase is Linked to Angular Distance From Sun

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13 Sunrise Sunset Noon Midnight

14 Moon Phases Java Animation (Dolan)

15 Time Lapse Video of One "Lunation" = One Month

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17 Planetary "Configurations"

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20 15-frame mosaic -- Carboni

21 Mare Frigoris -- van de Haar

22 Mare Crisium -- van de Haar

23 Archimedes -- van de Haar

24 Alpine Valley -- Peach

25 Hadley Rille -- Peach

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29 Phases of Venus ---> Venus Orbits Sun

30 Mars: Large variation in distance at opposition

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32 (2003, A. Cidadao) (D. Peach)

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35 Jupiter Peach

36 Amateurs See Jupiter Impacts Amateur videos of 2010 impacts on JupiterAmateur videos of 2010 impacts on JupiterAmateur videos of 2010 impacts on JupiterAmateur videos of 2010 impacts on Jupiter

37 Saturn -- Peach

38 Saturn - 4 years -- Friedman

39 T. Kroes HST

40 T. Kroes

41 Interplanetary Matter rocky bodies, inner solar systemAsteroids: rocky bodies, inner solar system effluent from icy bodies, from outer solar system.Comets: effluent from icy bodies, from outer solar system. rocky or icy bodies that enter Earth’s atmosphere; mostly very small. "..ites" survive to reach ground.Meteors/Meteorites: rocky or icy bodies that enter Earth’s atmosphere; mostly very small. "..ites" survive to reach ground.

42 Interplanetary Matter rocky bodies, inner solar systemAsteroids: rocky bodies, inner solar system effluent from icy bodies, from outer solar system.Comets: effluent from icy bodies, from outer solar system. Name immortality. rocky or icy bodies that enter Earth’s atmosphere; mostly very small. "..ites" survive to reach ground.Meteors/Meteorites: rocky or icy bodies that enter Earth’s atmosphere; mostly very small. "..ites" survive to reach ground.

43 Asteroid Belt (Greatest Concentration)

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45 Comparative Sizes of Largest Asteroids (Moon diameter is 2150 miles)

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48 COMETS

49 Orbit of Halley ’ s Comet (Period 76 years)

50 Visible part of comet = effluent from “dirty snowball” nucleus

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54 Comet Bennett 1969

55 Comet Ikeya-Zhang 2002

56 Hale-Bopp 1997

57 Meteors

58 “ Sporadic ” Meteor Against Orion

59 Fireball

60 Meteor “ Shower ” From Comet Debris

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63 Leonid Shower 1833

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71 First closeups of asteroids: the two satellites of Mars

72 Asteroid Orbits

73 Comet West 1975

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75 35 Million Years Old

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77 Photomosaic Map (D. Peach)


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