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Location of a List of Solar System Objects and Their Naming Conventions?

Question: Simple question.  What is the website address that I may gain access to the recorded bodies and there naming conventions?  — Chuck Answer: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) maintains a web site which contains all of the information regarding … Continue reading

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Star and Planet Sky Location Information

Question: Could you generate an image of the planetary alignment on September 26th,  2014?  – Branden Answer: I think that you are probably looking for night sky planet positions for a given date.  One of the best sources for this … Continue reading

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Possibility of a Settlement on Deimos and Water on Mars

Question: What is the possibility of an orbital settlement around Deimos as it would have access to the minerals of both the moon itself and the supposed water supply of Mars?  – Colin Answer: Well, settlements on other planets or … Continue reading

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What is the Cause of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter?

Question:  What is the giant red spot on jupiter caused by?  – Abe Answer: The “Great Red Spot” on Jupiter is a persistent anti-cyclonic storm in Jupiter’s atmosphere, similar to hurricanes on Earth.  It is enormous; about 3 Earth diameters … Continue reading

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Do the Planets Have a Physical Effect on the Sun?

Question:  We know that our sun has a profound impact on all planets in our solar system. But, does planets have any effect on our sun?  – Vinod Answer:  Just as the Sun exerts a gravitational pull on the planets, … Continue reading

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Why Do the Planets Orbit in a Plane Parallel to the Spin Axis of the Sun?

Question:  Are orbits in our solar system really moving sideways around the sun instead of up and down around the sun? It’s a perspective/gravity/free-falling thing that’s hard for me to understand sideways.  – Jay Answer:  First, let me answer a … Continue reading

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Positions of the Planets on any Date

Question:  I am making a sculpture to offer to my dad with planets position at 4 of july of 1930, his day of birth. Can you help me and tell  where i can find it?  – Sérgio Answer:  There is … Continue reading

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What is an Astrogeologist?

Question:  I am a sophomore and I have been fascinated with anything about space for as long as I can remember. I’m am currently researching about the astronomy careers. I plan to be an astro geologist and I’m still not … Continue reading

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Is Kepler’s Second Law Wrong?

Question:  I am suspicious about Kepler’s area law.  Such law should not exist.  I am finding “the cycling velocity of the celestial body is constant and not the swept out area”.  How to prove that area 1/2*r*Vp=constant?  In addition I … Continue reading

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Why is the Earth’s Orbit Around the Sun Elliptical?

Question:  Why is the Earth’s revolution around the sun elliptical rather than a perfect circle? I feel like if there is the same amount of inertia and gravity acting on the Earth at all times, the revolution would end up … Continue reading

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