Presentation on theme: "How all the stuff in the solar system was created."— Presentation transcript:
How all the stuff in the solar system was created
Step 1: Nebula forced out of balance by nearby supernova (probably) Step 2: Solar nebula forms, gravity pulls lighter elements toward center forming a protostar.
Step 3: Protoplanetary disk, or accretion disk, flattens out due to rotation of protostar.
Step 4: Heavier elements stay close to sun and coalesce to form planetessimals, from gravity and heat from collisions. – Terrestrial planets form when gravity makes planetessimal round – Leftover heavy material forms asteroid belt.
Step 5: Sun’s fusion creates solar wind, which blows lighter elements (mostly hydrogen and helium) to outer solar system, creating four large “outer planets.” Sun’s energy doesn’t allow inner planets to be icy or gassy. Leftover, distant icy material forms the Oort cloud.