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The Inner and Outer Planets in Our Solar System

by Elizabeth Howell April 23, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter In our Solar System, astronomers often divide the planets into two groups — the inner planets and the outer planets. The inner planets are closer to the Sun and are smaller and rockier. The outer planets are further away, larger and […]

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How Far Are The Planets From The Sun?

by Elizabeth Howell April 21, 2014

The eight planets in our solar system each occupy their own orbits around the Sun. They orbit the star in ellipses, which means their distance to the sun varies depending on where they are in their orbits. When they get closest to the Sun, it’s called perihelion, and when it’s farthest away, it’s called aphelion. […]

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The Planets in Our Solar System in Order of Size

by Elizabeth Howell April 21, 2014

If you’re interested in planets, the good news is there’s plenty of variety to choose from in our own Solar System.¬†From the ringed beauty of Saturn, to the massive hulk of Jupiter, to the lead-melting temperatures on Venus, each planet in our solar system is unique — with its own environment and own story to […]

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Virtual Star Party – April 6, 2014: Saturn Rising

by Fraser Cain April 6, 2014

Hosts: Fraser Cain and Scott Lewis Astronomers: David Dickinson, Gary Gonella, Roy Salisbury, Sharin Ahmed, Stuart Forman, Mike Simmons and some gorgeous pics from Cory Schmitz in the Southern Hemisphere Scott also shares pics from the viewers Apps used by Scott: Phases of the Moon and Stellarium Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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New Storms on Jupiter Look Like Mickey Mouse

by Nancy Atkinson March 25, 2014

We told you this was going to be a good season to observe Jupiter, and astrophotographers in the northern hemisphere have been making the most of this time of opposition where Jupiter has been riding high in the sky. What we didn’t know was that there was going to be a familiar face staring back […]

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