Space Glossary M-Q
The Solar System
Welcome to the new 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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||The area near a planet where magnetic
forces can be detected.
||Manned Manoeuvring Unit - a jet
backpack worn by astronauts which lets them whizz around in space.
||How bright a celestial body is.
||aka Shooting Star - Streaks of light
made when meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere.
||The frazzled remains of a meteoroid
which has survived to the Earth's surface.
||A floating piece of small rock in
||Term used to describe a large asteroid
||Mountain (eg Olympus Mons)
||A planet's moon.
||A cloud of dust and gas in
space. Some are luminous and some nebulae are dark.
||The apparent 'brightening
of a star' in the sky. This is caused by material drawn from a companion star igniting.
||A place where people look into space.
||When a celestial body pass of another.
||The theoretical shell of comets circling
the Solar System at approx. 1 light year.
||The path of an object circling a second
||The objects carried into space by
||When the orbit of a planet takes it to
the point closest to the Sun.
||A large, spherical body.
||A very hot star surrounded by expanding gases that
give off a glow because of intense radiation from the star.
||A nice, filling dish made of oatmeal often eaten at
breakfast which originated in Scotland.
||Quasi-stellar Radio Source - A very
luminous but distant galaxy, formed very early on in the history of the Universe.