Solar System Vocabulary

Solar System Vocabulary - Term Definition Geocentric A...

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Unformatted text preview: Term: Definition: Geocentric A model of the universe in which Earth is at the center of the revolving planets and stars.p#555 Term: Definition: Heliocentric A model of the solar system in which the Earth and the other planets revolve around the sun.p#556 Term: Definition: Ellipse An oval shape, which may be elongated or nearly circular.p#557 Term: Definition: Inertia The tendency of an object to resist a change in motion.p#522 Term: Definition: Gravity A force that moves rocks and other materials downhill; the force that pulls objects toward each other.p#205,520 Term: Definition: Terrestrial Planets The name often given to the four inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.p#566 Term: Definition: Retrogade Rotation Term: Definition: Greenhouse Effect The process by which heat is trapped in the atmosphere by water , vapor, carbon dioxide , methane, and other gases that form a "blanket" around Earth; the trapping of heat by a planets atmosphere.p#411,569 Term: Definition: Gas Giant The name often given to the four outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.p#575 Term: Definition: Comet A loose collection of ice, dust and small rocky particles, typically with a long, narrow orbit of the sun.p#585 Term: Definition: Asteroid Rocky objects revolving around the sunhat are too small and numerous to be considered palnets.p#586 Term: Definition: Asteroid Belt The region of the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where many asteroids are found.p#586 Term: Definition: Meteoroid A chunk of rock or dust in space.p#533,587 Term: Definition: Meteor A streak of light in the sky produced by the burning of the meteoroid in Earths atmosphere.p#587 Term: Definition: Meteorite A meteoroid that passes through the atmosphere and hits Earths surface.p#587 ...
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