|Spring 2010||Astronomy 110||MWF 9:30 &mdash 10:20|
The solar system's rich and varied structure points to its formation from a gas cloud collapsing due to self-gravity some 4.5 billion years ago. In this proto-solar system, small grains of solid mater clumped together, eventually producing the planets we see today. Other stars with planets have now been observed; a wide variety of planetary systems can arise when stars form.
Please read all subsections of each section below.
|6.1||A Brief Tour of the Solar System|
|6.2||Clues to the Formation of Our Solar System|
|6.3||The Birth of the Solar System|
|6.4||The Formation of Planets|
|6.5||Other Planetary Systems|
Joshua E. Barnes
(barnes at ifa.hawaii.edu)
31 January 2010