What the comet was approaching the Earth


A small comet Hartley 2 will be visible from Earth with the naked eye, on 20 October, when she will fly past the planet just 11 million kilometers. Over the last century, this will be the closest “contact” of our planet with a comet.

Hartley-2 was discovered in 1986. Its orbital path was far from the Earth, while the couple spins around Jupiter do not orbit drew closer.

Hartley-2 will be included in the number of comets that passed in the last century is quite close to the Earth.

Comet McNaught (McNaught) lit up the sky in 2007. Becoming the brightest comet in over forty years, McNaught was dubbed the great comet of 2007. The astronauts were able to observe this comet, resulting in Strait light on the composition of these celestial bodies. spacecraft Willis found here the decrease of the solar wind.

The comet’s discoverer, Australian astronomer Robert McNaught (Robert McNaught) was discovered in 2009 a new bright comet McNaught C/2009 R1 . flying past Earth in June of this year. Continue reading

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Frequently asked questions about the Solar system

How many planets in our solar system?

Our solar system consists of nine planets and one star – the Sun. We list the planets in order of distance from the Sun is mercury. Venus. Earth. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. Uranium. Neptune and Pluto. In order to remember which planet is farther from the Sun, and what is closer to him (the order of the planets) often use the English mnemonic: M y V ery E ducated M other J ust S erved U s N ine P izzas. If You have Russian analogue of such a mnemonic, then we are happy to publish it, putting in the authorship.

3. What is the shape of the Solar system?

The planets, asteroids and comets in the Solar System are loose particles left over from the formation of the Sun. Originally the gas and dust which would become the Sun was the core of a cloud much larger than the Solar System, probably several light years across; where 1 light year is equal to approximately 10,000,000,000,000 kilometers (or 6 trillion miles). Continue reading

The Solar system

In space you can find a lot of quaint places with abnormal high or low temperature. Or meet the largest meteorite, asteroid, the massive comet, the highest mountain, the Grand canyon and much more. On space records in the Solar system in this article and will be discussed.

Planet with maximum surface temperature

The highest temperature that was recorded on Solar system planets — 464 °C on the planet Venus . Due to the very thick atmosphere it holds heat from the sun and at night the temperature is almost constant day and night. Slightly lower was the recorded temperature on the planet mercury — 430 °C.

The lowest recorded temperature on the surface of the body

The largest planet

The largest planet in the Solar system — Jupiter . The diameter of our planet is almost 11 times, and the mass of the earth is approximately more than 317 times. It is a gas giant. which contains more matter than all other planets, their satellites, comets and asteroids combined. Continue reading

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First test flight of the balloon
Company World View Enterprises located in the U.S. state of Arizona, announced the successful completion of the first small-scale test flight of a balloon, equipped with a special capsule that…

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