Space Glossary A-G
The Solar System
Welcome to the Glossary section of
the Solar Space Station, below is a comprehensive list of all the basic space-related
words. If you have any additions, please e-mail me at .
Just click on the letter your desired word begins with from the list just below:
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||Agenzia Spaziale Italiana - The Italian
Space Agency - www.asi.it.
||Small fragments of rock floating around
in space left over from the formation of the Solar System 4,500 million years ago.
||Collection of Asteroids in orbit around
||The American name for someone who goes
||Someone who studies Astronomy.
||A unit used for measuring distances
which is equal to the average distance from the Earth to the Sun (150 million km).
||Studying & looking at space.
||The gasses which surround or cover a
planet or moon.
||See Astronomical Unit.
||aka Northern Lights - The different
coloured lights which are visible at night above the Earth's poles.
||The name given to the
massive 'explosion' of which some scientists think the Universe started.
||The thing that big stars
become after they die. Black holes have very strong gravity - not even light
||The name of a) a famous astronomer and
b) a NASA probe sent to study Saturn.
||The substance that the moon is made of.
||Solid, frozen lifeless objects made of
dirty ice and gas. They are notourius for their long two tails made of gas.
||A pattern in the night sky, eg the
Plough (there are 88 constellations).
||The Russian name for Astronaut -
someone who goes into space.
||A depression in a moon or planet's
surface, usually caused by something crashing into it at speed.
||A robot/alien from Dr. Who which has
nothing whatsoever to do with this website.
||The measure of how close together an
object's mass is (grams per cm2)
||A cluster of stars within a cloud of gas
||When one spacecraft attatches itself to
||The planet we live on.
||An eliptical (orbit).
||When a celestial body passes in front
of another (eg the moon in front of the Sun).
||A famous scientist most famous for the
theory of relativity and inventing the Atom Bomb.
||Adjective used to describe 'oval'
||The line that passes around the middle
of the Earth.
||The distance accross the centre of a
planet or moon.
||The European Space Agency - www.esa.eu
||Extra Veicular Activity - when an
astronaut/cosmonaut does something outside their space ship.