Astronomy notes (7.1 ) 09/17/2013
Figures 7.1, 7.6
Table 7.1 (don't
memorize it, but have
a general sense of
sizes and scale
A pictorial tour of the solar system, highlighting current research
• Correctly describe the shape and major motions (orbit,
rotation) of objects in the solar system
• Recognize the major patterns of motion in the solar system
and, later, relate these to its formation mechanism
• Distinguish between terrestrial and jovian planets
• Identify key properties of each planet, emphasizing
commonalities and exceptions
• Become familiar with currentlyactive space missions to
study the solar system
7.1 Studying the solar system
Galileo’s telescopic observ. Helped us study sun, moons and planets as worlds > new era in estronomy.
Comparative planetology: The study of solar system by examining and understanding the sim. And
differenc. Among “worlds”. NOTE *Planetology includes all moons, asteroids, and comets as well as planets.
The essence of comparative planetology: we can study an individual world by studying it in the context of
other objects in the solar system.
If an alien was looking at our solar system, what