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Solar System ($100+)

Anonymous, Karen Abbott, James Bailey, Kinney family members and Schmich Kinneys in loving honor of Marietta Owens, Lisa Kinney, Richard & Jane Perske, Mary Schmich, Brad Strait, Hugh Thomas

This is an artist's impression of noontime on Sedna, the farthest known planetoid from the Sun. Over 8 billion miles away (almost 13 billion kilometres), the Sun is reduced to a brilliant pinpoint of light that is 100 times brighter than the full Moon. (The Sun would actually be the angular size of Saturn as seen from Earth, way too small to be resolved with the human eye.) The dim spindle-shaped glow of dust around the Sun defines the ecliptic plane of the solar system where the major planets dwell. To the left, the hazy plane of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, stretches into the sky. The background constellations are Virgo and Libra. At this distance the Sun's feeble rays are nearly one four-thousandth the intensity of what they are at Earth. This means that Sedna is eternally cold at minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that the planetoid is airless and icy. Life, as we know it, could never live here. But if anything could survive, it would have an intriguing global view of the entire solar system. A fifth-magnitude object, barely three degrees from the Sun (the pinpoint at the two o'clock position) is Jupiter. Saturn is also visible as a dim star. Earth would be only half a degree from the Sun and, at ninth magnitude, only be visible in powerful binoculars. To our imaginary "Sednian" astronomers, all the planets would be in inferior orbits (meaning interior to Sedna's orbit). This means they would best be seen in the predawn morning sky and post sunset evening sky, but never at midnight.

Sun ($50+)

Paul Adams, Elyjah Albright, Marilyn Brock, Nathan Cornelius, G. Gabor, Katie Gradowski, Linda Johnson, E.L.K., Dr. Phyllis Poe Kinney, Sarah Perske,
Daniel Sharkey, Hugh Thomas, Kornel Thomas

An artist's impression of the extrasolar planet HD 189733b seen here with its parent star looming behind. The planet is slightly larger than our own Solar System's Jupiter. Its atmosphere is a scorching eight hundred degrees Celsius. Astronomers have found that the sunset on HD 189733b would look similar to a hazy red sunset on Earth.

Planet ($25+)

Anonymous, Allison Bailey, Stephen Bailey, Saul Berrios-Thomas, Jenine Brown, Alison Elms, Jeanette Gardzelewski, Conrad Kehn,
Laramie Kinney, Elijah Perdomo, Jeff Silberman, Victoria Vanest

Planet image

 

Asteroid ($10+)

Jamie Leidwinger, Evan Mazunik, Jaime Noah, Maria Souliotis, Jamie Wolf

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