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Lecture 14 The Solar System   Overview of the Solar system Sun Planets     Terrestrial Planets Mercury Venus  Earth Mars      Asteroids     Jovian Planets Jupiter Saturn  Uranus Neptune     Icy Bodies Pluto     Kuiper Belt Objects     Comets                       The Earth as a Planet              Imagine that one observed the Earth from Pluto with               1 arcsecond angular resolution.  Smallest feature      that could be resolved would be about 3,000 km in      diameter; about ¼ of the diameter of the Earth. What would you see? Not much blue color measure diameter mass (from period of the moon) density
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existence of atmosphere Would see nothing of the richness that makes the Earth be the Earth. With 10 times the resolution - 300 km (such as with the HST, or 1 arcsec from Jupiter), Would see 
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