Category: astrophysics

fuckyeahphysica: One of the striking aspects o…

fuckyeahphysica:

One of the striking aspects of our solar system is that the orbital plane of all the planets are similar i.e Its like the following:

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And not like so:

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But if you are puny human sitting on earth, how would one visualize this ? It’s easy!

Step out and look at the trajectory taken by the  sun and planets in the sky:

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You will notice that the trajectories taken by the sun and the planets are similar in the night sky.

This gives you a visual validation of the fact that the orbital plane of all the planets and the sun are similar. Just a little something that you may or may not have realized about the cosmos.

Go ahead, give it a shot and have fun!

* The ecliptic plane is the name given to the mean plane in the sky that the Sun follows over the course of a year; 

Stuck in the middle

Stuck in the middle

Approaching the Universe’s origins

Approaching the Universe’s origins

Mapping a Merger

Mapping a Merger

Standout stars

Standout stars

Twins with differences

Twins with differences

The loneliest firework display

The loneliest firework display

nasajunocam:

nasajunocam:

The view from here. This color-enhanced image of Jupiter’s swirling south polar region was captured during my latest flyby of the gas giant planet.

Blue Comet in the Hyades

Blue Comet in the Hyades

starwalkapp: This is Orion. Looks amazing! htt…

starwalkapp:

This is Orion. Looks amazing! http://ift.tt/2raL1Kq