Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Oort Cloud: Home of the Icy Giants

Humans generally like stability. We are used to our small, predictable world: Every 24 hours, we rotate on our axis; every 365 days, we revolve around the Sun. We have followed this pattern for millennia, and we will continue to follow this pattern for ages henceforth. For the most part, when we are thinking in cosmic terms, the Earth is steady and unchanging…but the same cannot be said for the rest of the solar system.

The Oort cloud is no exception. Find out why:

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Credit: R Mewaldt & P. Liewer, JPL/NASA/FQTQ

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