Saturns Moons The planet of Saturn is an amazing planet as far as moons go. This planet is currently known to have fifty-two moons. Some of these moons are spherical in shape much like Earths moon and some look to be no more than a meteor that was captured by the huge planet. Now Im not going to be able to discuss every moon that belongs to Saturn but I will talk about the six biggest which are: Titan, Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, and Enceladus. All of Saturns moons were named after Greek Mythological figures.
Caitlyn Hammond November 7th, 2011 The beginning of the end In ancient times, the Greeks relied heavily on their gods to explain the natural phenomena happening around them. The sun rose and fell when Apollo drove his chariot across the sky, the ocean was controlled by Posiden and the Heavens by Zeus. However, not all Greeks were satisfied by this explanation. Out of this, grew the Pre Socratic philosophers and more importantly the material monists. The three material monists are considered the first "Physicists" because they were the first to attempt to explain the natural phenomena without reference to the divine.
The four largest of these were seen by Galileo when he made one of the first telescopes. The way they moved round the planet convinced him that the old idea, that everything moves round the Earth, must be wrong. The following was kindly contributed by Russell Odell The sun contains 99.9 percent of the mass in the solar system. The remaining 0.1 percent make up the other planets and their moons, and Jupiter took most of that mass. If Jupiter were a shell, all the other planets and their moons could fit inside with room to spare.
8. Why was the formation of planets such as Jupiter and Saturn more like the development of the Sun then like the development of the terrestrial planets? Saturn and Jupiter are mainly made of gases like the Sun instead of solids like the other planets. Resources http://www.livescience.com/31788-why-earth-perfect-for-life.html http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange1/current/lectures/Perry_Samson_lectures/evolution_atm/ http://www.universetoday.com/36687/rotation-of-venus/ https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100228201245AATxtaB
But when the new demotion of Pluto was announced in 2006, it started a whole new controversy: should Pluto be a planet once again or stay a dwarf planet. (Overbye, 2006). Considering its distance from the sun, orbit, and it's size it clearly does not fit the definition of a planet that scientists have created. Because of this, Pluto has remained with the classification of dwarf planet.
Ancient Aliens When I look up at the stars at night, I just have to wonder who or what is looking back at me from some distant planet in some distant galaxy. We’ve all probably wondered what lies beyond our small, self-contained little world. The question the world has is whether or not there is life beyond earth. In the words of Metrodorus, a Greek philosopher of the fourth century, "To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow." I believe that extraterrestrial life does exist.
Even though NASA and the U.S. government have video of the Apollo11 moon landing, many still think we in fact did not go to the moon. Why haven’t there been more manned explorations and was this an elaborate hoax by NASA to satisfy political demands. Michael Newton (2006). The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories (pg. 22).
While such methods have been performed on the planet after its discovery, they have not yet detected what the orbital eccentricity of the planet actually is, and have as of March 2012 only set an upper limit on the mass of the planet. Physical characteristics .Kepler-22b's radius is roughly 2.4 times the radius of Earth. Its mass and surface composition remain unknown, with only some very rough estimates established: it has less than 124 Earth masses at the 3-sigma confidence limit, and less than 36 Earth masses at 1-sigma confidence. The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog gives a mass estimate of 6.36 Earth masses (and a radius of just 2.10 Earth radii) for the planet as of October 2012, after initially estimating it at ~10-35 Earth masses. Kepler-22b might be an "ocean-like" world.
It is still an evolving topic of study in science with spacecraft New Horizons set to reach Pluto in 2015 (Cain, 2008). Although many people still consider Pluto to be a planet, it is imperative that society dispel this myth, as if students are taught misconceptions it’s hard to correct this conception (Newstead and Murray n.d.). Pluto should not be thought as a main planet in our solar system because of the objects minute mass and size. When first discovered in 1930, Pluto was thought to be larger than both Mercury and Mars (Masters, 2004). Since 1978, Pluto has been revealed as smaller than both these inner planets, at only 2,400 km across (Cain, 2008).
Terms to Know: Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment Scientific Revolution- a period when new ideas in physics, astronomy, biology, human anatomy, chemistry, and other sciences led to a rejection of doctrines that had prevailed starting in Ancient Greece and continuing through the Middle Ages. Copernicus, heliocentric view- He proposed a model of the solar system in which the planets orbit in perfect circles around the sun; his work ultimately led to rejection of the established geocentric cosmology. Tycho Brahe- a Danish astronomer whose observations of the planets provided the basis for Kepler's laws of planetary motion. Johannes Kepler- was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution. 3 laws of planetary motion- a Danish astronomer whose observations of the planets provided the basis for Kepler's laws of planetary motion.