The Solar System Terms

The Solar System Terms - The Solar System- Terms 1. Solar...

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The Solar System- Terms 1. Solar System - The Sun and all the bodies that orbit it, the planets, their moons, the asteroids and the comets. 2. Density - A measure of the compactness of the matter within an object, computed by dividing the mass of the object by its volume. Units are kilograms per cubic meter, or grams per cubic centimeter. 3. Terrestrial Planets - The four innermost planets of the solar system, resembling Earth in general physical and chemical composition. 4. Jovian Planets - The four giant outer planets of the solar system, resembling Jupiter in physical and chemical composition. 5. Asteroids - One of thousands of very small members of the solar system orbiting the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Often referred to as “minor planets” 6. Meteoroids - Chunk of interplanetary debris prior to encountering Earth’s atmosphere. 7. Comets - A small body composed mainly of ice and dust, in an elliptical orbit about the sun. as it comes close to the sun, some of its material is vaporized to form a gaseous head and extended tail. 8. Asteroid Belt - Region of the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which most asteroids are found. 9.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ASTR 101 taught by Professor Caffo during the Fall '06 term at New Mexico.

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