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Celestial body that orbits following an elliptical path around a star or stellar remnant.

Jovian planets). In this situation, you have a couple of effects. Depending on the cloud composition, you will get absorption lines in the spectra that can be detected depending on where your … shape of a blackbody but there are several absorption bands due to the presence of various elements in the atmosphere. As the planets get bigger and more complex the spectrum differs even more from a …
answered Jun 21 '11 by dagorym
likely to retain an atmosphere. Next is temperature which is just a measure of the average energy of the particles. So the gas molecules that make up the atmopherers of hot planets have a higher … average energy than the molecules in a planet that is cooler. Since the average energy translates into the speed of the gas particles, gasses on warmer planets are more likely to be close to or over the …
answered Jun 2 '11 by dagorym
When new solar system objects are discovered, the discoverer has the right to select the name. It is submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for approval but very rarely do they get d …
answered Jun 10 '11 by dagorym
Not having been at the meeting, here's my take on it. It's becoming saturated in that it's the hot topic right now where there is a lot of funding so everyone is trying to get involved to some level. …
answered Jun 21 '11 by dagorym
A "Trojan" object is any smaller object that shares the same orbit as a larger body but leads or trails it by about 60 degrees in the orbit. These positions are the L4 and L5 Lagrange points (respect …
answered Jun 21 '11 by dagorym
Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet. The main difference between a planet and a dwarf planet has to do with the requirement that a planet clear out the material in and near its orbit. Planets … do this, dwarf planets do not. The reclassification was triggered by the discovery of many additional object (the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt) out beyond the orbit of Neptune. Some of the objects are …
answered Jun 1 '11 by dagorym