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Which Planet Orbits our Sun the Fastest?

Question: Which planet in our solar system is orbiting the sun at the fastest speed?  — Mike Answer: Mercury is the winner at an orbital speed of about 47.87 km/s (107,082 miles per hour), which is a period of about … Continue reading

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Does the Coriolis Effect From the Milky Way Rotation Influence the Orbits of Planets in our Solar System?

Question: I read that our solar system orbits the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and am wondering if orbital direction of the planets was initially influenced by the Coriolis effect.  — Jack Answer: Two comments to your question.  First, … Continue reading

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Did Our Solar System Originally Include a Fifth Gas Giant?

Question: Read an article that researchers at the University of Toronto believe that Jupiter in the solar system early days kicked a planet out of the solar system . Do you believe this could be the one? Many thanks  — … Continue reading

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What is the Position in the Sky of the Purported Super Earth Detected in the Outer Solar System?

Question: Sir  What is the name and sky position (RA and DEC values ) of the recently discovered  ” Super Earth” at the outer edge of the solar system? Many thanks.  — Bill Answer: First of all, note that this … Continue reading

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How Long Does it Take the Sun to Orbit the Center of our Galaxy?

Question: How long does it take our sun to complete a full orbit around the super blackhole at the center of the Milky Way?  — Dustin Answer: We can calculate this value by noting that the Sun is about 8 … Continue reading

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Relationship Between Planetary Orbits and Sun Rotation

Question: I was wondering about the relation between the Sun’s own rotation relative to the planets orbit around the sun. Does it also rotate counterclockwise?  Do you have any information about that?  — Rasmus Answer: Yes, the Sun rotates in … Continue reading

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Questions About Cosmology and Catching Near Earth Objects

Question #1: Hello there! Sorry for the previous thing I had sent, it was merely a comment. I am a 16 year old high school student who is interested in the study of the stars and our universe itself.  And … Continue reading

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Does the Sun’s Rotation Speed Dictate the Orbital Speed of the Planets?

Question: Are the planets orbiting the sun at the same speed as the sun revolves on its axis? Or are some planets moving slower or faster than the sun spins, of course the position in the solar system dictates how … Continue reading

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Proof that the Oort Cloud Exists?

Question: I’m somewhat skeptical about the existence of the Oort Cloud. Some of the estimates I’ve heard indicate that it could stretch halfway to Proxima Centauri. Unless the interstellar medium is itself far less “empty” than predicted, it would seem … Continue reading

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Why Can’t Venus be Fully Lit by the Sun in the Ptolemaic System?

Question: The first known observations of the full planetary phases of Venus were by Galileo at the end of 1610 (though not published until 1613). Using a telescope, Galileo was able to observe Venus going through a full set of … Continue reading

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