The Sun plus the collection of bodies in orbit around the Sun such as planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, comets, etc.

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Would the Moon be able to take water from Earth?

I know that if you add mass to the moon, it would get closer to the Earth. We all know that the moon causes the tides because it's gravity pulls the water. So, my question is: If the moon gained more ...
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How do stars from far away affect Earth?

I know that we obviously get light (or we wouldn't be able to see them), but are there any other ways that they affect Earth and maybe just our solar system in general?
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Best planets profile for a tattpp of the solar system [closed]

I want to get a tattoo of the solar system. The gap between the planets should not be preserved and the differences in sizes will only be symbolic. No sun, no icy rocks before Jupiter. I found the ...
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Why is meteor speed what it appears to be?

Is the speed of a meteor through our sky because of the speed of the earth's axis rotation, or because the meteor is speeding towards us at that speed?
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Potential circualrity in end behaviors of heat death from decay of n singularities [closed]

ok first stackPhysics post for me so forgive any faux pas. The n body problem is classic. Regarding its simulation upon a manifold over t it can be interesting, and even beautiful. Now I am hoping ...
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Can the Earth leave orbit if the population of humans and other live forms increases?

I don't know a lot about physics, but this seemed like the correct place to ask my question. I apologize in advance if it is a ridiculous one. It's actually a two part question: If the population ...
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What is the safe distance to a supernova explosion?

In other words, what stars near the Sun may have an impact on the Solar system equilibrium or the Earth life if they become supernova ? Is SN 1987 A too far ?
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How is sun's atmosphere (corona) hotter than the surface itself? [duplicate]

Through some research online, I found out that the sun's corona is hotter than it's surface. How's that even possible?? Is the sun releasing it's heat from the surface!!! Need a complete answer.
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How does Planet 9's perihelion and aphelion affect the Kuiper belt objects?

Assuming that the existence of Planet 9 is confirmed and it really exists, how does it affect the orbits of the Kuiper belt objects? My understanding is that the discovery came in part from the ...
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How can we see planets thousands of light years away but don't know if there are more planets in the solar system?

That is basically my question, it arose when I saw an article (here is the scientific paper, which should be free to read) saying two Caltech scientists might have found the 9th planet of the solar ...
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How is the temperature of a star related to gravity?

As far as I know the Sun gets its energy from the fusion reaction, where Hydrogen is converted into Helium. I was watching an episode of Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey. There Neil deGrasse Tyson said, ...
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Gravity effects when deleting stars or planets

In one of the latest SCIFI movies, they collect a star absorving it entirely in a kind of planet size gun/machine. As mass cannot disappear, I assume it was just concentrated inside their machine ...
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Nine Planets in the Solar System?

I just discovered that there is a Caltech team1 that suggests that there is "Evidence of a Ninth Planet": The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about $10$ times ...
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What powers a comet? [closed]

I know that a comet is a ball of ice, and I have tried the NASA page. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-solar-system/en/#/review/dr-marc-solar-system/comet-power.html but they swerve around the ...
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Where can I find accesible educational material on the formation of the solar system?

I'm kind of scathing my head over this. First of all, I'm not a physicist of any kind, I'm a software developer, but I'm also a bit passionate about astronomy(usually read the news) and in my free ...
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Limitations of 2D point-mass Dynamics of the solar system

To model the solar system, I took the planets to be point masses, used newtonian mechanics and modelled the orbits as circular (only Mercury's orbit has appreciable eccentricity). The entire system is ...
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Gravitational potential of planets

How do you work out the gravitational potential of planets in the solar system? Do orbiting planets have gpe? And what would it be relative to? The equation I know for it is mgh. But what would the ...
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Model of the solar system orbital periods [closed]

I've written a program to model the solar system. I am now testing its accuracy. I've checked conservation of angular momentum, and it is perfectly conserved. I've also plotted the path of the ...
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Testing the accuracy of a solar system simulation

I've written a java program to model the solar system, and I need to test its accuracy. What would be some good ways to do that? I've checked for conservation of energy and angular momentum. I'm using ...
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Orbital but stationary motion

Is there a place between the Moon and Earth where an object can rest freely and revolve with the Moon? What is that called?
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The way planets rotate and revolve [duplicate]

Why is that the all planets move in the same plane?(correct me if I'm wrong) Why not some of them in anticlockwise direction and others in clockwise direction?
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What would happen if the Earth was in a polar orbit around the sun?

This is a question that has been bugging me for a while now, I was wondering about the effects on the Earth if it was in different orbital situations to what it is now, and one of those was what would ...
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Three-body problem - sun velocity around barycenter

I am really, really stuck! I am trying to write Java code to model the solar system, or at least currently just earth, the sun and Mercury. I just wanted to check that my actual physics equations are ...
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Conservation of energy and angular momentum

I'm writing a java program to simulate the solar system. All planets are modelled as point masses. How do I check if my solar system is conserving energy? I'm not sure how to calculate the energy of ...
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Looking at past events by observing sky? [duplicate]

Since solar system (and our galaxy) is constantly in motion at a great speed, is it possible that we can look at our own image as it was sometime ago? Since the light of that age takes sometime to ...
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How can we see the moon while it's between the Earth and the Sun?

I know this sounds like (and probably is) a stupid question, but I can't figure it out. As far as I know, the crescent shape of the moon is when the moon is on the sunny side of the Earth, but that ...
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Formation of Saturn's Rings [duplicate]

Assuming the rings of Saturn started out as a disorganized cloud of debris, what forces made these rings so thin and flat? Does frame dragging play a part in this?
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Veterans Day Memorial in the U.S

For the ones who know about it: How many more times will the Veterans Day Memorial stones' holes "align" perfectly? Some info from this site: At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. ...
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Rotational speed of a planet [closed]

Is there a way to calculate the rotational speed (or day length) of a planet? If not then what are the factors? I mean what affects the speed? Is it just the distance from Sun (like period of a ...
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Is it true Mars once had life? (like Earth) [closed]

Nasa had proven Mars once had water and still has under ground. So dose that mean mars once had life or maybe still has?
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What is the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet? And is there a way to determine a dwarf planet from a normal planet in a unknown solar system? (If we discover a unknown solar system)
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How did planets start to spin and do all of them spin in same direction? [duplicate]

How did planets start to spin in the first place? Some say that gases which condense and form planets start spinning and hence planets acquire a spin. And some say that they start to spin to conserve ...
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Why doesn't the solar wind disrupt the planets?

The sun creates this heliosphere by sending a constant flow of particles and a magnetic field out into space at over 670,000 miles per hour, which is also known as solar wind. If the speed of the wind ...
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Is it possible for a planetary system to orbit around something that wasn't a sun?

Say for example that at the center of our solar system you replaced the sun, with something that wasn't a star, lets say that it was electrified and still produced the same amount of heat, would that ...
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Are we looking at single stars, or solar systems?

When looking at the night sky, the stars we can see just look like single dots. Are they alone in space- each one a single object? Or, when we look at a star, are we actually looking at a distant ...
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Would it be possible to have a planetary system where one planet is in continuous shade?

When I ask this I'm thinking of a system similar to ours, but the orbits are perfectly staggered and all planets involved have orbital periods such that when the planet (or small moon, whichever works ...
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Will the Earth's rotation someday be synchronized with its revolution around the Sun?

When will the earth act like the moon with regard to one side of the moon always facing the earth. Will the earth one day get locked in a rotational orbit that has one side of the planet facing the ...
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SOHO solar observatory, comet numbers and composition

SOHO discovered its 3,000th comet, cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time. Prior to the 1995 launch of the observatory, commonly known as SOHO, only a dozen or so comets ...
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Can the Earth be seen to transit the sun from the outer planets?

Transit of Mercury as seen from Mars The Curiosity rover on the planet Mars observed the planet Mercury transiting the Sun, marking the first time a planetary transit has been observed from a ...
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How far out from the Sun is visible light still sufficient to read a book?

Recent pictures from the New Horizons spacecraft, shown below, seem to indicate that, at Pluto's distance, we are entering a twilight zone, with a distinct lack of colors, although that could be due ...
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General relativity and precession of orbits

The precession of the orbit of a planet can partially be explained when taking into account the impact of the other planets. Also general relativity is needed to describe this precession exactly. The ...
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Do solar systems typically spin in the same direction as their galaxy?

Is the net angular momentum vector of our solar system pointing in roughly the same direction as the Milky Way galaxy's net angular momentum vector? If yes or no, is that common for most stars in the ...
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Was Leverrier-Adams prediction of Neptune a lucky coincidence?

According to historians both Adams and Leverrier used Bode's law to guess the distance to Neptune, which led to a vast overestimation of its orbital period (Adams - 227 years, Le Verrier - 218 years, ...
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Will Mercury fall to the Suns core?

When the Sun enters its red giant phase, what exactly will happen to Mercury?
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Why do Uranus and Venus rotate from East to west?

Why do only Uranus and Venus rotate from East to west, while others rotate in opposite direction? Is it because of the angle of their tiltness? Or due to the process of their formation?
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Calculating the output current and voltage of series and parallel connected solar panels

I have two solar panels, one is rated as $I=2A$ (current) and $V=20V$ (voltage) and the other as $I=3A$ and $V=15V$. If I connect them in parallel, how to calculate the current and voltage of the ...
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Wavelength Of Light

How can we change different wavelengths/frequencys of Sunlight to produce single wavelength to achieve maximum efficiency of Solar Cells ?
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Why is the tilt of Earth in sync with an orbit around the Sun?

Is there any physical reason the changing tilt of Earth (which gives rise to our seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) is in sync with an orbit of the Sun (i.e. one year)? It can't just be ...
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Advent of our solar system

When the solar system was born why did Sun not consume all the planets by its immense gravity, as the planets were all gases, so it would have been very easy?
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Looking for current review article on the Oort Cloud

I'm sure someone will tell me just to Google, but I'm struggling to find a truly detailed and informative article explicating our current understanding of the Oort Cloud. Could someone please ...