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Sun and Solar System

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fusion
All stars get their energy from this process. The combining of the nuclei of lighter elements to from heavier elements.
fusion of hydrogen into helium
When 4 hydrogen nuclei(or protons) come together, they produce a helium nucleus of two protons and two neurons. Energy is released in this reaction.
Star
A place of intense heat and pressure - so intense that atoms are torn apart into their component nuclei and electrons. As a result elements such as hydrogen and heleim exist as plasma.
A plasma
The fourth state of matter consisting of charged particles-the nuclei, or ions which have a positive electric charge, and electrons which have a negative charge.
Layer of the sun
Core - Radiative Zone (another layer of plasma) - Confection Zone - photoshere(visible surface) - Chromosphere(inner layer of suns atmosphere) - Corona
sunspots
Dark spots on the photoshere
auroras
Displays of colors and light appearing in the upper atmsphere, common in the regions near Earth's magnetic poles.
Cause of auroras
As solar wind blows past Earth, some particles interact with Earth's magnetic field and upper atmosphere.
Ptolemy's Geocentric Model
Imagined planets on a small circular orbits called epicycles. The center of each small orbit moved around Earth on a larger circular orbit called a deferent.
retrograde motion
planets sometimes appear to go backward during orbit. the effect is due to Earth catching up with and passing the planet
Copernicus's heliocentric model
Sun centered model. Earth and the other planets rotated around the sun.
Tycho Brahe
Studied the movement of the moon and planets throughout their orbits..
Johannes Kepler
unexpected occurance could be explaned if orbits were ellipitical not round.
Kepler's first law
States planets travel in ellipitical orbits with the sun at one focus(ellispe has two foci) on opposite sides of its center. Because the sun is at one focus on the ellispe, a planets orbit will change throughout its orbit.
Kepler's second law - - equal area law
states that each planet moves around the sun in such a way that an imaginary line joining the planet sweeps over equal areas of space in equal periods of time
Kepler's third law- harmonic law
The time it takes a planet to travel one orbit around the sun is its periods.
Sir Issac Newton
Developed explanation o what keeps the planets in motion. Defined and articulated three laws of motion and the law of gravitation.
Newton's first law
An obbject will move forever in a straight line at the same speed unless a unless some external force changes its direction or speed.
Law of Gravity
Every mass exerts a force of attraction on every other mass, and the stregnth of that force is proportional to the masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them.
Kepler and Newton
Kepler had realized that the planets did not move with constant speeds. With the law of gravitation,, Newton was able to explain why they do not. Newton's laws still explain almost all the largescale interactions we see in the universe.