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originally posted by: QFlux
Pretty cool. I wonder if it was a comet? I remember when Shoemaker-Levy hit all those years ago.
One of the awesome intricacies of our solar system is the almost circular orbit of the planets around the sun, most extra-solar planetary systems have very elliptical orbits. And another fascinating feature of our solar system is that the smaller planets are in the inner orbits, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars. Then we have the asteroid belt and the huge planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn and Uranus on the outer solar system. Most known extra-planetary solar system have the larger planets in the inner orbits. This is very important because the outer planets are so huge their mass would wreck havoc on our orbit and rotation. They also act as shields protecting the inner planets from large extra-solar debris such as comets and asteroids.
originally posted by: BrokenCircles
Lo is a funky looking place. All sorts of things going on there.