Fig10_1 Formation of Solar System

Fig10_1 Formation of Solar System

Fig. 10.1 . An artistís impression of the nebular hypothesis, in which the Sun and planets were formed at the same time during the collapse of a rotating interstellar cloud of gas and dust that is called the solar nebula. The center collapsed to ignite nuclear reactions in the nascent Sun, while the surrounding material was whirled into a spinning disk where the planets coalesced. (Courtesy of Helmut K. Wimmer, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History.)

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