Today we are at a very privileged time in the exploration of our planetary system. The big space missions of the present and of the past have enabled us to start knowing the profile and the characteristics. So we can have a new image of this part of the universe, in which the Sun and the planets are not the only protagonists, and we find satellites, like the Moon, the asteroids, the comets, the dusts. And not only that, like a glue that does not allow the parts that are deep in space to disperse, there is the force of gravity and we make the effort to imagine a system of bodies of a different nature and size rotating around a medium sized star. We are now ready to start entering more deeply into this space.

subjects dealt with in Solar System

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Solar System knowledge

The Solar System is just like our back yard respect to the vast plains of the Universe. It is a…

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The Sun and planets

On our stage, the role of main actor cannot but be conferred to the Sun, a star like many others…

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Other tenants

We have already mentioned that the planets with their satellites and rings are not the only bodies that occupy the…

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The Earth

The Earth is not motionless in space, but is subjected to different movements. The most well-known are the rotational movement…

special reports

  • 14 May 2014 / Space

    Another Earth in the Universe

    A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was…

    31 March 2014 / Space

    A day on board the International Space Station

    A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in…

    5 October 2006 / Space

    Mars

    Martial explorations Thera are a lot of missions, in the present and in the past, on Mars. One of these…

  • 20 July 2009 / Space

    Man’s great leap

    First steps in moon At 9:39 PM on the 20th of July 1969 (4:56 AM of the 21st of July…

    28 January 2014 / Space

    Gaia satellite scanning the sky

    Ready, set ... go! On December 19, 2013 the new satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) called GAIA (Global…

    6 December 2013 / Space

    Planck space telescope

    Telescope Planck is switched off At last the time came, at 14:10:27 hours, on Wednesday October 23, 2013, from the…

  • 23 February 2012 / Space

    Neutrinos: speed record?

    The news Apparently the sensational discovery made by CERN researchers of Geneva, which claims that neutrinos travel faster than light,…

    2 July 2008 / Space

    Meteorite impact

    The Tunguska mistery 100 years ago, at 7 o'clock in the morning of the 30th of  June 1908, in a…

    19 June 2013 / Space

    Cosmic rays

    Cosmic rays Have you ever been struck by a beam of high energy particles? Surely you have – it happens…

  • 14 May 2014 / Space

    Another Earth in the Universe

    A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was…

    31 March 2014 / Space

    A day on board the International Space Station

    A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in…

  • 5 October 2006 / Space

    Mars

    Martial explorations Thera are a lot of missions, in the present and in the past, on Mars. One of these…

    20 July 2009 / Space

    Man’s great leap

    First steps in moon At 9:39 PM on the 20th of July 1969 (4:56 AM of the 21st of July…

  • 28 January 2014 / Space

    Gaia satellite scanning the sky

    Ready, set ... go! On December 19, 2013 the new satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) called GAIA (Global…

    6 December 2013 / Space

    Planck space telescope

    Telescope Planck is switched off At last the time came, at 14:10:27 hours, on Wednesday October 23, 2013, from the…

  • 14 May 2014 / Space

    Another Earth in the Universe

    A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was…

  • 31 March 2014 / Space

    A day on board the International Space Station

    A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in…

  • 5 October 2006 / Space

    Mars

    Martial explorations Thera are a lot of missions, in the present and in the past, on Mars. One of these…

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curiosities

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

    The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

    The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

  • The PP cycle

    Nuclear fusion within the stars begins with the different passages of hydrogen transformation into helium. Stars that are going through…

    Children of the stars

    We are made of star dust. The iron in our blood, the oxygen we breathe, the calcium in our bones,…

    The Olbers paradox

    Why is the sky dark at night? What seems like an obvious question, actually needs a more complex explanation. If…

  • A black hole in our galaxy

    All the existing galaxies, and our Milky Way too, hide in their centres giant black holes, with masses estimated in…

    The cosmic microwave background radiation

    In 1965, while studying the ground noise of a radio antenna, two technicians of the Bell Telephone Laboratories heard a…

    Cosmic collision

    When two galaxies start to approach, the tidal attraction forces deform their structures, creating sometimes particular forms, like filaments or…

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

    The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

  • The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

    The PP cycle

    Nuclear fusion within the stars begins with the different passages of hydrogen transformation into helium. Stars that are going through…

  • Children of the stars

    We are made of star dust. The iron in our blood, the oxygen we breathe, the calcium in our bones,…

    The Olbers paradox

    Why is the sky dark at night? What seems like an obvious question, actually needs a more complex explanation. If…

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

  • The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

  • The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

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