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Exploratour - Evolution of the Solar System

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This page is the start of the tour of the Evolution of the Solar System. The navigation button for the tour can be found at the top of the page. The evolution of the solar system is a big topic! There are a lot of parts to the story, not only the forming of the Sun but of the 9 planets and various interesting moons. Because there is so much to talk about, the tour has been broken into three segments. This is the first segment. In this segment we will present the solar nebula and the forming of the Sun and planets. You can skip ahead if you like by using the links at the bottom of this page. To proceed with the tour, just press the forward link (F) on the button at the top of the page.

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The Beginning of the Solar System

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ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

Look at the bed below the body of the sleeping man. You can still see where he was lying down. The heat from his body warmed up the bed sheets which are now radiating infrared light toward your eyes....more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

All warm objects (not just people) release infrared light. Warmer objects give off more infrared light. Very hot objects radiate other types of light as well. Click on the picture to see the infrared...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

What kinds of light can people see? Our eyes can see visible light. When it passes into our eyes different types of visible light create different sensations that we see as colors. ...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

Imagine you found a pair of special glasses that not only gave you telescopic vision but gave you the ability to see all forms of radiant energy. The universe in visible light contains all the familiar...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

This is a volcano on the island of Miyake in Japan. It has erupted, sending hot lava and ash into the air, a total of ten times. The time after one eruption until the next occurred was about twenty years...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

This is a picture of a galaxy in visible light. A galaxy is a large number of stars, some like our sun, some bigger, some smaller and all moving together through space. This galaxy is called Centaurus...more

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