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Solar_System_Formation_Animation_(2).gif(320 × 240 pixels, file size: 1.82 MB, MIME type: image/gif, looped, 88 frames, 9.7s)

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This movie shows the forming system of planets. We rocket through a molecular cloud, penetrating the cold cloud core where the Sun is being born. As we approach, we see the disk of material orbiting the protostar, the end point of the animation just above. It begins to glow bright red as energy is released by its contraction under gravity. Gas clouds come and go above the disk and then a wind starts from the young Sun and clears excess gas from the disk, leaving the young planetary system. Not shown, eventually the star blows away the excess gas and some of the dust to become visible. (adapted by G. Rieke, from JPL, M. Roessler, http://cougar.jpl.nasa.gov/HR4796/anim.html

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current08:44, May 20, 2013Thumbnail for version as of 08:44, May 20, 2013320 × 240 (1.82 MB)Jcpag2010 (wall | contribs)This movie shows the forming system of planets. We rocket through a molecular cloud, penetrating the cold cloud core where the Sun is being born. As we approach, we see the disk of material orbiting the protostar, the end point of the animation just ab...

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