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1 York University Presents… In collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory A Tour Through the Solar System

2 The Sun Centre of it All

3 The Sun Centre of it All The Sun Surface Temperature: One day: 5777 K ~25 Earth days

4 The Sun Centre of it All S o l a r E c l i p s e The Sun

5 Mercury Closest to the Sun Mercury Mission: Arrival: Moons: Solar day: One Year: Messenger Mercury years ~88 Earth days

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7 Mercury Closest to the Sun Mercury Transit of Mercury on May 7, 2003 Mercury Sunspot

8 Venus Brightest in the Sky Venus Mission: Arrival: Moons: Solar day: One Year: Venus Express Now! 0 ~1/2 Venus year ~225 Earth days

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10 Venus Brightest in the Sky Venus Exaggerated 3-D Reconstruction of Venus’ Surface Sif Mons Vires Akka Chasm

11 Venus Brightest in the Sky Venus From Earth, Venus appears to have phases like the moon.

12 Swedish 1m Solar Telescope 08Jun :18:54 UT Venus’ Atmosphere Venus (The Transit)

13 Earth The Planet of Life

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15 Earth The Planet of Life Earth Missions: Moons: Solar day: One Year: Many! 1 + … 24 hours Earth days

16 Earth The Planet of Life Earth And Moon System

17 Earth The Planet of Life Earth (Meteors and Meteorites) Barringer Crater Chondrite Iron

18 Mars Warrior in Red Mars Mars: August 2004 Missions: Arrival: Moons: One day: One Year: Every ~2 years Now! hours ~687 Earth days

19 Mars Warrior in Red 2-D Map of Mars Warrior in Red Argyre Basin Warrior in Red Olympus Mons Valles Marineris Valles Candor Chasma Mars

20 Warrior in Red Mars Mars Express first colour Spirit image (Explorations)

21 Phoenix Lander + Parachute imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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23 Ice a few cm under Mars’ surface exposed by the Phoenix lander’s jets?

24 Mars Warrior in Red Mars (Moons) Deimos Phobos

25 Asteroids A Belt in Space Asteroids A Belt in Space Ida Dactyl Gaspra Mathilde Eros Itokawa

26 Jupiter King of the Night Jupiter Mission: Arrival: Moons: One day: One Year: Juno (for now) ~10 hours ~12 Earth years

27 Jupiter King of the Night Jupiter Voyager Resolution Galileo Resolution Great Red Spot King of the Night The 4 Galilean Moons Thebes Amalthea Metis (Moons)

28 Jupiter King of the Night Jupiter (Moons) - Callisto King of the Night (Moons) - Europa King of the Night (Moons) - Ganymede Osiris Crater King of the Night (Moons) - Io

29 Saturn Lord of the Rings Saturn Mission: Arrival: Moons: One day: One Year: Cassini Now! 60 (for now) 10 2/3 hours ~30 Earth years

30 Saturn Lord of the Rings Saturn

31 Lord of the Rings Saturn (Moons) Lord of the Rings Dione Enceladus Iapetus Lord of the Rings Mimas Rhea Phoebe Lord of the Rings Titan: the only moon with an atmosphere Tethys

32 Image of Titan’s surface taken from the Huygens lander in Those aren’t rocks; they’re ice blocks!

33 Titan is an ice desert moon: it’s very cold, but too warm for liquid methane. Its surface has dry methane streambeds except at the poles, where there are methane lakes:

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35 Uranus Shakespeare’s Muse Uranus Mission: Arrival: Moons: One day: One Year: Voyager (for now) ~17 hours ~84 Earth years

36 Neptune A “Watery” Grave Neptune Mission: Date: Moons: One day: One Year: Neptune Orbiter + Triton lander/probe? 2026? 13 (for now) ~16 hours ~165 Earth years

37 Neptune A “Watery” Grave Neptune Rings of Neptune

38 Neptune A “Watery” Grave (Moons) Despina Galatea LarissaNaiad Nereid Proteus Thalassa Neptune A “Watery” Grave (Moons - Triton) Neptune

39 Pluto The Most Debated Mission: Arrival: Moons: One day: One Year: New Horizons ~6.4 Earth days ~248 Earth years Pluto

40 The Most Debated Pluto The Most Debated Pluto

41 The Most Debated (moon – Charon) Pluto

42 Kuiper Belt dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia

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44 Kuiper Belt Objects Edge of the System Artist’s View (Sedna)

45 Kuiper Belt Objects Edge of the System Comet Halley Comet Hyakutake Heart of Wild2 (Comets)

46 The Solar System (As a Whole) -Mercury: 0.8 yards -Venus: 1.4 yards -Earth: 2 yards -Mars: 3 yards -Asteroid Belt: 4-8 yards -Jupiter: 10.5 yards diameter 1 / 16 ” 19 yards 38 yards 60 yards 79 yards -Voyager 1 is well out of the parking lot Sun: goal line diameter 2 / 3 ” These facts and figures Courtesy of solarsystem.nasa.gov/


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