Space Glossary F-L
The Solar System
Glossary Part 2
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:
B C D E F G H
I J K L M N O Q R S T U V W X Y Z
||If you have any possible additions to
this list, please E-Mail me.
||A Galaxy is a collection of millions of
stars and debris in space.
||Italian astronomer who invented the
telescope and made lots of astronomic discoveries.
||Big planets made nearly completely of
gas (eg Jupiter, Saturn).
||When a satellite of some sort rotates
at the same speed as a planet and at a constant height (as in Arthur C. Clarke's The
Fountains of Paradise).
||The force which pulls any two (or more) objects together. It is inversely proportional
to the square of the distance of the objects, and is what keeps the planets, asteroids etc orbiting the Sun.
||The term used for the trapping of
certain gasses by a planet's atmosphere, causing it to heat up.
||Centred on the Sun.
||A half of a celestial sphere.
||The angle between a planet and the plane of its orbit.
||An atom that, because of the loss of one
or more electrons, has a positive electrical charge.
||The Jovian planets are Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus and Neptune.
||Kelvin - a measure of temperature (273 K
= 0oC, 373 K = 100oC)
||Kilometre - Measure of distance (1km =
||A spacecraft which lands on the surface
of a planet or object in space.
||A measure of distance - the distance
light travels in one year at 671 mph - 9.5 million million km (US trillion) or 63,240 AU.
||The Latin word for moon.
||Of the moon.