Horizon, Meteors & the solar system
just watching this on BBC2 – they showed an image of the solar system & it suddenly struck me that all the planets orbit the sun on the same plane. Why is this? why don’t they orbit a bit more randomly?
Can anyone explain this to me without making my brain hurt too much?!
Posted 4 years ago
the theory is, when the solar system was just forming, it was a ‘disc’ of dust & gas that started to coalesce in the centre to form the sun and further out to form loads of rocks. many of those rocks crashed into each other & over time came to form the rocky inner planets, while the outer gas planets happened in a similar way to the sun; the more massive they got, the bigger they became, until they became the gas giants we know today.
They’re all on the same plane because that’s how they started out. Pluto is the odd one out but it is thought that it’s a stray object from the Oort cloud where the comets live
or something like thatPosted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
They are all mostly in the same plane. They formed out of a spinning cloud of crud. If you spin something like that it ends up as a disk, which forms a plane.
Small variations have come from being smacked about a bit yes. They all (with the exception of two I think) spin the same way too.Posted 4 years agoscuttlerMember
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