Solar System, technical

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Prerequisites[edit | edit source]

  • Background knowledge prerequisite - None (except general knowledge and a wish to know more)
    • NB This is meant for people without a background in Science and could therefore said to be a "foundation" level course or at a pre-university level. It would also be useful at level 1.
  • Mathematical knowledge - Aimed at people with no background in mathematics - only knowledge of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Anything else will be provided within the course.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

The Solar System's planets
  1. Introduction to the Planets/Introduction
  2. Classical planets
  3. Comets - characteristics of comets.
The orbits of the inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars

At right, the planets are shown in their order moving outward from the Sun.

They are scaled according to size but not to distance.

The Sun System[edit | edit source]

Mercury is the small dark dot in front of the Sun at the lower right center.

The Inner Solar System[edit | edit source]

The terrestrial planets - Mercury Venus, Earth and Mars

The Outer Solar System[edit | edit source]

The giant planets

Beyond the Solar System[edit | edit source]

Sunset over a planet in a triple star system
  1. Planets around other stars
  2. Solar systems

External links[edit | edit source]

{{Astronomy resources}}