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Looking Back at the Beginning of our Solar System

Monday, September 27th, 2010



(Photo: NASA)

New signs have been discovered to a possible start of our solar system. It’s very difficult to find evidence of the actual moment, but some chemists have been able to detect some material from an explosion of a star that may have been responsible for the ignition of our star.  Coming back to present, a natural bridge has been discovered on the moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbitor. It looks like it traverses a collapsed lava tube, but without much water and no wind on the moon it must have been created by some geological process. Also, don’t miss Jupiter prominently in the night sky this week. All this and more on this week’s Sky Talk.

Also, you can track findings by visiting LRO online.

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One Comment

  • Ellie Hollo says:

    Dear Mr. Landis and Dr. Pitts, I am 9 years old, in 4th grade, and really into astronomy. I was watching the stars on October 1, 2010 at about 10 at night (I was walking my dog with my mother). I saw a relatively tiny orange ball with a little tail streaking across the sky low in the horizon, from west to east. It was there a short time and disappeared. I think I might have seen a comet. Can you tell me if you think it was a comet, and if so, which one? Or, what do you think I saw? Thank you for telling me. I like your show,

    Ellie Hollo
    Cheltenham, PA

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