By Mark Thompson
Have you dreamt of being an astronaut, traveling throughout the universe in your personal area challenge? What wouldn't it be wish to journey the sun approach, vacationing the solar and the planets, taking in every little thing from moons to asteroid belts alongside the way in which? What could you spot, and the way could you are feeling? What could you devour? How could you navigate and bring gasoline? How could you survive?
On this epic voyage of discovery, astronomer Mark Thompson takes you on that trip. From tips on how to organize for take-off and the event of leaving Earth’s surroundings, to the truth of dwelling within the confines of a spaceship and the unusual sensation of weightlessness, this is often an event like no different. swimsuit up, strap in and luxuriate in the journey.
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Craters such as Gassendi and Hevelius have many rills crisscrossing their lava-filled basins. These were formed when the lava cooled and contracted. noon: the sun is overhead Terminator The terminator is the boundary between the sunlit part of the Moon and the dark part. It moves around the Moon during the month. Shadows at the terminator are very long, and features such as mountains are thrown into relief. OBSERVING CRATERS Craters appear at their most dramatic when they are near the terminator, which sweeps across the lunar surface as the lunar month progresses.
2 hours T colour comes from methane in clouds CLOUD-top Temperature –214°C (–353°F) NUMBER OF MOONS 27 planet is tilted on its side Ring system Uranus has two distinct sets of rings. Closest to the planet is a set of 11 rings; narrow and widely separated, these are more gap than ring. Outside these is a pair of faint, dusty rings. 1 hours CLOUD-top Temperature –200°C (–320°F) NUMBER OF MOONS 13 Triton the Great Dark Spot – a huge storm in the atmosphere E H inner ring ORBITAL PERIOD 84 Earth years S O R L A Diameter 51,118km (31,763 miles) PLANET DATA Neptune is similar in structure to Uranus.
At totality, a small amount of indirect sunlight still manages to reach the Moon. This travels close to the Earth and through its atmosphere. As a result, the light is a deep red-orange colour. Onset of eclipse Halfway stage Darkened crescent Totality The lower edge is totally eclipsed. Light from part of the Sun continues to shine on the rest of the Moon. About half of the Moon is now totally eclipsed, while the other half is still illuminated by sunlight. Most of the Moon is in Earth’s shadow.
A Space Traveller's Guide To The Solar System by Mark Thompson