Solar System Formation Essay

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Our sun is the central pivot point to which or entire planet and solar system is built around. With out it all life on our planet would cease to exist. Within this paper we will explore how our Sun and solar system formed and came to resemble what we see today. The Big Bang, the alpha of existence for the building blocks of stars, happened approximately fourteen billion years ago. The elements produced by the big bang consisted of hydrogen and helium with trace amounts of lithium. Hydrogen and helium are the essential structure which build stars. Within these early stars, heavier elements were slowly formed through a process known as nucleosynthesis. Nucleosythesis is the process of creating new atomic nuclei from pre-existing…show more content…
The smaller the nebula became the more dense and hot the center turned. Three distinct things happened as the nebula decreased in size: One, Due to the properties of conservation of energy, as the cloud shrunk the gravitational potential energy of the particles within transformed into thermal energy; two, due to conservation of angular momentum, as the radius of the nebula diminished the cloud would spin faster; three, the nebula transformed from its original spherical shape into a flat, almost round, disk shape. This was due to the collisions of particles within the nebula as it collapsed. All three of these are key points to how and why our solar system formed the way it did. The sun, the most crucial part of our system, was at the center of this collapsing nebula. As stated above, as the gas cloud shrank the thermal energy increased, due to the conservation of energy. This increased the temperature of the gas's within. The larger the center got the more thermal energy it would produce, hence heating up the cloud further, and the more gravitational force it would impose on surrounding particles, resulting in the center becoming more massive. A protostar would eventually be born from this process. The protostar would continue to grow, in size and heat, until reaching a temperature upwards of seven million degrees Celsius. At this temperature a star is born, hydrogen is now able to fuse into

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