Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Chapter 11 We continue to learn a lot about the solar system by using space exploration The Sun All life on Earth is dependent on solar energy in the form of radiation. Ex: plants need it for food Most of the Sun is made up of hydrogen. Hydrogen fuses together to create helium plus a tremendous amount of energy (heat, light etc). This is called a thermonuclear reaction. Solar radiation: energy emitted from the sun in the

form of electromagnetic radiation The tremendous radiated energy keeps Earth warms enough to support life. However, too much UV light and there are consequences The Sun Sun Spots: dark patches on the Suns surface that are slightly cooler, about 3500C, than surrounding areas. The number of sunspots on the Sun may affect Earths climate, although it is still

being debated There are records that show a lack of sunspots during much of the 17th century, when Europe experienced a mini ice age. The Sun Solar Flares: Extremely violent eruptions of gas from the Suns surface (corona) occurs. These eruptions can last for a few hours and heat gases to 11 000 000C. The gas is spewed out in every direction. When these high energy particles rush past Earth they create an effect called solar wind

Earths magnetic field deflects most of this dangerous solar wind Some of it enters at the North and South pole, collide with gases in the atmosphere and create the auroras (northern and southern lights) The solar wind can disrupt Earths magnetic field, disabling satellites and even knocking out power transmission line on Earth. Features of the Sun Planets Planet: a body that must orbit one or more

stars, be large enough that its own gravity holds it in a spherical shape, and be the only body occupying the orbital path Terrestrial Planets: inner, rocky planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars Jovian Planets: outer, gaseous planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune Terrestrial and Jovian Planets Criteria Terrestrial Planets

Jovian Planets Size Small (All Earth size or smaller) Large (4 to 11 times larger than Earth) Motion

Slow spinning, small orbits Faster spinning, large orbits Composition Solid and rocky Gaseous Distance from Sun

Closer Further away Temperature Warmer, but temperatures vary Colder, but temperatures vary

Density Greater Lesser Planets Closer to the sun, the temperature is warmer and the composition is solid and rocky Further from the sun, the temperatures are lower and the composition is gaseous.

Order of the planets: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars , Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) Dwarf Planets Dwarf Planet is a celestial body orbiting the Sun that is generally smaller than a planet but massive enough for its own gravity to give it a round shape. They do not have enough mass and gravity to

clear their orbits of smaller debris left over from the formation of the solar system. Pluto, Eris and Ceres Question Why was Pluto demoted to Dwarf planet in 2006? Asteroids Asteroids are smaller bodies that are believed to be leftover remains of the

formation of the solar system Most orbit the sun very similar to planets The main location for asteroids is in a band between Mars and Jupiter Some asteroids have irregular orbits due to gravitational attraction of the planets and collisions. Comets Comets are often referred to a dirty

snowballs made up of ice, rock, and gas. They originate beyond the orbit of Neptune, at the farthest reach of the Suns gravitational influence. Here lies a spherical cloud of small icy fragments of debris called the Oort cloud. Comets are usually characterized by one or more tails due to a loss of dust and ice due to exposure to solar radiation (it starts to melt) Path of a comet around the Sun

Comets and Periodicity Comets have unique orbits around the sun and tend to follow a pattern with regards to their passage by the Earth and Sun Two types of comets: Short and Long Period comets. Short period comets orbit the Sun faster. Periodicity: How long it takes a comet to orbit the sun Research Activity 11-2c: Comet orbits and periodicity

Meteoroids: are pieces of rock floating through space Meteors: (shooting stars) are meteoroids that burn up as they enter Earths atmosphere at high speed Meteorites: meteors that are large enough to survive passing through the atmosphere and they reach Earths surface. Compare and Contrast

Criteria Asteroid Meteor Meteorite Size Sand grains to about 1000 km across

Sand grains Larger than meteor Composition Pieces of Rock Pieces of Rock Pieces of Rock

Location Mainly the Asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) Earths Atmosphere On Earth

When meteorites hit Earth Impact sites: the place where a relatively small object (meteorite) has collided with a large object (planet) to produce a fairly circular depression on the surface of the larger object. Often referred to as an impact crater due to the circular depression that was formed Impact sites provide evidence of meteor/asteroid impacts on a planet The size of the depression created is often much larger than the object involved in the

Impact Sites There is a NEAR earth monitoring system that monitors asteroids, comets etc. WHY? Go to: www.msss.com/small_bodies/near_new/index.html Canadian Contributions to Space Research Canadarm 1: robotic arm used to retrieve and launch many satellites and to give a stable platform for astronauts going about

their tasks in space Canadarm 2: a mobile remote manipulator system designed for the International Space station. Able to do everything Canadarm 1 does but larger and able to move by itself to nearly every part of the station Canadian Contributions Dexterous manipulator of Canadahand: a two armed robot that attaches to the end of Canadarm 2. Performs task that previously

required astronauts to work outside the safety of the space station Canadian Contributions International Space Station: Sixteen countries including Canada are involved in this space based laboratory. Canadian Astronauts Canada does not send missions into space but they provide technology and expertise to

space exploration. Astronaut Program in Canada is relatively new compared with USA and Russia. Canadian Astronauts Roberta Bondar Chris Hadfield Marc Garneau

Julie Payette Knowledge and Technology Knowledge of the universe is the result of centuries of observation and data collection using more and more advance d technologies. It is an ongoing process. Technologies that have Increased Knowledge of the Universe Hubble Space Telescope: Placed in Earths

orbit and with no air (pollution etc.) to spoil the view, this has given amazing views of far away galaxies and stars in space Using this they were able to find that the universe is between 13 and 14 billion years old Light reaching its mirrors has not been distorted by Earths atmosphere Hubble Telescope

Technologies that has increased knowledge The Very Large Array Radio Telescope: Made up of 27 antennas that are each 25 m across. The result is the same as one giant radio telescope that is 36 Km wide Radio telescope reveals characteristics of celestial bodies that could not be studied using optical telescopes like the previous two telescopes Dust in space makes it difficult to see light from distant stars but this telescope is not

affected by dust (uses radio waves). Using this, we get a clearer picture. Radio Telescope Technologies Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope: located on the 42 00 m dormant volcano in Hawaii. Above most of the air, giving a clearer view and providing cloud free skies. Technologies

Probes : A space vehicle sent to other celestial bodies. Used to travel million of kilometers, to analyze distant objects and then send information back to Earth Spectroscopy: A spectroscope is an optical instrument that acts like a prism to separate light into its basic component colors (a spectral pattern). This allows astronomers to view the spectral pattern

produced by individual stars. Spectral lines stand out across the bands of color in a stars spectrum The dark lines tell you the wavelength of the visible light given off by a star Tells about the types of atoms giving off light, and used to determine what the star is made up of Technologies Adaptive Optics With Earth based telescopes the view can be distorted by the Earths atmosphere (so stars appear to twinkle) Telescopes can now be made with mirrors to overcome

this distortion. This design is called adaptive optics A computer monitors the atmosphere while the telescope is being used and small mechanisms slightly change the shape of the mirror to compensate for this distortion Technologies and underlying science Technolo gy Chemistr

y Biology Physics Geology Other Rockets Space Suits

Satellites Probes Rovers Optical Telescopes Radio Telescopes The next Six slides can help the students fill out this table. Technologies and underlying science used to Explore Space Rocket is a system used for transporting

materials and astronauts into space Filled with explosive fuels (chemistry)that combine to generate thrust, the force (physics) that pushes against the rocket to get it to move As fuel is used up, some of the rocket is lost to make it lighter Technologies and underlying science Space Suits: acts as a smaller space ship, providing oxygen (chemistry) to breathe Contain a communication system to talk to

each other and people on Earth (radio waves, physics) a cooling system and a system to simulate the air pressure on Earths Surface (air pressure, physics) Technologies and underlying science Satellites are electronic devices put in orbit around Earth to relay information. Communications satellites use electromagnetic radiation is used to send

information from one place to another (involves physics) Technologies and underlying science Rovers: are small movable probes designed to land on a planet, explore and test the surface and send the information back to Earth by radio waves. They conduct experiments in geology (determining the make up of rocks) and biology (looking for signs of life)

Technologies and underlying science Optical telescopes: use the property of light (physics) to get a better picture of the universe. Hubble space telescope is in Earths orbit. This also uses electromagnetic waves from the field of physics to send information back to Earth. Technologies and underlying science

Radio Telescopes: Radio signals coming from distant objects are collected and converted to electrical symbols (physics again) and analyzed. Core Lab Designing a Space Station

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