Tag Archives: solar system

What if the Sun did not turn into a Red Giant and the Moon moved out of its Orbit Around the Earth?

Question: What effects would we see on Earth if the Sun wouldn’t turn into a Red Giant? If the Moon would move away slowly until extracted from its orbit, would that, for example, affect Earth’s axis?  – Walle Answer: If … Continue reading

Posted in Physics, Planets, Sun | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Asteroids, comets, Planets, Solar System | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Physics, Planets, Solar System, Sun | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Planets, Solar System, Sun | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Can Tornados Happen in Space?

Question:  Can tornados happen in space? Maybe solar winds can act like earth winds with currents and temperature changes?  – Jay Answer:  Although the interstellar medium within galaxies, or the gas and dust between stars (including the solar wind) can … Continue reading

Posted in Physics, Solar System, Sun | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Planets, Solar System | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Earth-Moon Spin-Orbit Resonance

Question:  For being a chunk of Earth’s primordial matter the Moon is quite an amazing stellar feat…it orbits synchronously about the earth with an axis spin velocity 1/100 that of Earth and counterclockwise orbit equal in period as that of … Continue reading

Posted in Physics, Planets, Solar System | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What Will the Solar System Look Like a Billion Years?

Question:  In a recent programme, on astronomy, one of the scientist stated that our solar system has evolved over billions of years and is still evolving and will go on evolving into the future. To us the solar system’s evolution … Continue reading

Tagged Leave a comment

Why do the Planets in our Solar System Orbit the Sun Counter-Clockwise?

Question: The planets in our solar system are orbiting the Sun counter clockwise, why? Do the laws of physics dictate that all planet orbit their respective stars counter clockwise or is it possible to have a solar system where the … Continue reading

Tagged , 8 Comments

The Solar System’s Rotation About the Center of the Milky Way

Question:  I have a question about galaxies, how do scientist know about the galactic year and how long it takes? Well people think that are universe is only 14 billion years old has our solar system gone through a galactic … Continue reading

Tagged , Leave a comment