Our Solar System

What You Will Discover

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Touch a piece of the Moon, the planet Mars or a distant asteroid! Make your own crater with our Crater Maker and hold a piece of a meteorite that crashed into the Earth and created a huge crater in Arizona.

Our Solar System is much more than a star and eight planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that we are only beginning to understand. Pilot your own adventure in Our Solar System and explore the variety of objects currently orbiting our Sun.

Deeper Exploration

At-Home Experiment: Cookin' Up A Comet

From the furthest reaches of our Solar System, comets occasionally make dramatic appearances in our sky. Comets contain a nucleus made of water, ice, dust and frozen gases. Studying what a comet is made of helps scientists learn more about the origins of our Solar System. Check out this Adler’s webisode featuring educator Kyle Sater and astronomer Mark Hammergren as they create a comet with household materials (and dry ice)!

Research Detail: Asteroid Characterization, Mark Hammergren, Ph. D., Geza Gyuk, Ph. D.

The Adler’s Asteroid Characterization group is carrying out a program of visible to near-infrared spectroscopy using the Apache Point Observatory 3.5-meter telescope to search for asteroids that are fragments of the destroyed planetesimals. The identification of these fragments provides important information on the early history of our Solar System.

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