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Title: Chapter 15: The Formation of Planetary Systems The Birth of Our World

Chapter 15 The Formation of Planetary
SystemsThe Birth of Our World
Modeling the Solar System
  • A complex problem only now becoming understood
  • Most of our knowledge of solar system formation
    comes from studies of
  • interstellar gas clouds
  • fallen meteorites
  • Earths Moon
  • Other planets and moon of the Solar System
  • Earth provides little clue, too much change
  • Extra solar planets are forcing a reevaluation of
    once held beliefs

Modeling the Solar System
  • Any model must prescribe to the know facts
  • For the Solar system these facts are
  • Each planet is relatively isolated in space
  • Planetary orbits are almost circular
  • Planetary orbits lie nearly in the same plane
  • The direction the Sun rotates and planets revolve
    are the same
  • The direction most planets revolve and the Sun
    rotates is the same

Modeling the Solar System
  • More Facts
  • Most moons rotate and revolve the same direction
    their planets rotate
  • The Solar System is highly differentiated
  • Asteroids are very old and share little in common
    with the planets or their moons
  • Comets are old, icy, and have very elliptical

Nebular Theory
  • First proposed by Descartes, formalized by
  • The Sun and planets formed from a large cloud of
    interstellar gas
  • Conservation of angular momentum formed disk
  • The sun formed in the middle and the planets in
    the disk

Nebular Theory
  • Strengths
  • Explains planets circular orbit
  • Explains why planets orbit in a plane
  • Relates planet revolution with Suns rotation
  • Weaknesses
  • Laplaces ideal of planets formed from rings
    doesnt work
  • Interstellar dust is not accounted for

Condensation Theory
  • Keeps the ideal of solar nebula
  • Unlike nebular theory, planets formed in a way
    requiring the presence of interstellar dust
  • Dust acted as a catalyst for accretion

Condensation Theory
  • Solar nebula contracts to form a spinning disk
  • Interstellar dust grains act as condensation
    nuclei allowing accretion of planetesimals
  • Solar winds push gas out, outer planets already
  • Inner planets start to form from collisions of
  • Collisions continue over time making the 4 inner

  • Accretion- the slow build up of matter around
    dust grains
  • Create millions of small asteroid sized
  • planetesimals collected through collisions
    forming protoplanets which continued to increase
    in size eventually forming the present planets

Outer Planet Formation
  • Two theories
  • More material in the outer solar system allowed
    four large protoplanets to form relatively
    quickly, which gravitationally attracted large
    amounts of the solar nebulas gas
  • Formed as miniature solar systems, condensing
    from instabilities in the initial solar nebula

Observational Evidence
  • Beta Pictoris has a visible disk of warm gas
    surrounding it
  • Star HR4796A evidence of planetessiamal growth

Temperature and Differentation
  • The solar nebula was hot in the middle(1000k)
    and cooler further out (100K near Saturn)
  • Far too hot in the inner solar system for
    anything but metals to exist
  • This is why the inner planets are so deficient in

Temperature and the Outer Planets
  • Temperature decreased with distance from the
    center of the solar nebula, allowing nonmetals to
  • This provided the Jovian planets with a great
    deal more material to accrete, hence their large
  • Carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen were the first
    elements to condense

Jovian Planets, Comets and the 2 Clouds
  • The early outer solar system contained a great
    number of icy planetesimals
  • After the Jovian Planets formed, their gravity
    assisted these planetesimals to more distance
  • This formed the Oort Cloud and left the Kuiper
    Belt just outside Neptunes Orbit

What happened to all the gas?
  • The inner planets were not massive enough to
    accrete the lightest gases of the Solar Nebula
  • Just prior to nuclear ignition, a star will enter
    the T Tauri phase, when the solar wind is very
  • This pressure pushed the gas out into space
    leaving the inner protoplanets and the already
    formed outer giants

  • Condensation Theory explains most of the 9 points
    listed earlier
  • It explains some of the anomalies in the Solar
    System as well
  • Very large collisions can account for most of
    these aspects
  • Uranus tilt
  • Earth-Moon system

Planets Beyond the Solar System
  • It has long been thought that there are planetary
    systems besides the Solar System
  • It was not until the mid-Nineties that proof was
  • Direct observation not possible
  • Doppler wobbles

Indirect evidence Doppler Shifting
  • Extrasolar planets are too faint and close to
    their parent star for any current telescope to
  • A strong indicator of a large planet orbiting a
    star is an observable wobble about their
    center of mass
  • Measurement of the Doppler shift of the light
    gives the planets mass

Velocity Curve Star HD130322b
Solar System Vs. Extrasolar Systems
Why are these systems so different from us?
  • To date only extrasolar planets of sizes
    comparable to Jupiter have been found
  • A terrestrial sized planets effect on a star is
    too small to be measured
  • Most extrasolar planets have very eccentric
  • We are not seeing system edge on
  • Brown Dwarfs
  • Gravitation interactions kept the Jupiter in
    circular, cold orbit
  • We only have a small amount of data, and is not
    representative of ALL extrasolar planetary systems

Finding Earths
  • The rare event of a transit of an extrasolar
    planet and its star provides and alternate means
    of identification
  • An extrasolar planets spectra would provide
    clues about its atmosphere, and if it was
    Earthlike in nature

An Earth-like Spectra