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The Solar System; planetary orbits

The Solar System; planetary orbits

The orbits of the 8 planets in our Solar System are elliptical.

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Milky Way

The diameter of our galaxy is about 100,000 light years; it contains more than 100 billion stars, one of which is our Sun.

Planets, sizes

The inner planets of the Solar System are terrestrial planets while the outer planets are gas giants.

The development of celestial mechanics

This animation introduces the studies of astronomers and physicists whose works fundamentally changed our view of the universe.

The Sun

The diameter of the Sun is about 109 times that of the Earth. Most of its mass consists of hydrogen.

Earth

The Earth is a rocky planet with a solid crust and oxygen in its atmosphere.

Galileo Galilei's workshop

Galileo Galilei's scientific achievements contributed greatly to the advancement of physics and astronomy.

Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet of the Solar System, it has two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined.

Measuring time

The first calendars and time-measuring instruments were already used by ancient Eastern civilisations.

Mercury

Mercury is innermost and smallest planet of the Solar System.

Neptune

Neptune is the outermost planet of the Solar System, the smallest of the giant planets

Saturn

Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System, easily recognisable by its rings.

The first voyage of James Cook

James Cook's legendary journey around the world proved to be enormously valuable for science.

The life-cycle of the Solar System

The formation of the Sun and the planets started with the contraction of a dust cloud about 4.5 billion years ago.

Venus

Venus is the 2nd planet from the Sun, the brightest object on the night sky (after the Moon).

Voyager space probes

The Voyager space probes were the first man-made objects to leave the Solar System. They gather data about outer space and carry information about humanity.

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits outside the distorting influence of Earth´s atmosphere.

Moon landing: 20 July 1969

Neil Armstrong, one of the crew members of Apollo 11 was the first man to set foot on the Moon.

Newton’s Laws of Motion

This animation demonstrates Sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion that laid the foundation for classical mechanics.

Phases of the Moon

During its orbit around the Earth, the visibility of the Moon's illuminated part constantly changes.

Satellite types

Satellites orbiting the Earth can be used for civilian or military purposes.

The Dawn mission

Studying Ceres and Vesta will help us learn more about the early history of the Solar System and how rocky planets are formed.

Forces

The animation shows the way forces act on wheeled vehicles and vehicles with runners.

ISS

The International Space Station is a habitable satellite built with the cooperation of 16 countries.

Mars Exploration Program

Space probes and Mars rovers examine the structure of Mars and possible traces of life.

The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons space probe was launched in 2006, with the objective to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

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