nebular hypothesis


Definition of nebular hypothesis

: a hypothesis in astronomy: the solar system has evolved from a hot gaseous nebula

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Recent Examples on the Web Beginning around 1860, Kelvin and other physicists started estimating the ages of the Earth and Sun using the nebular hypothesis proposed around 1750 by Immanuel Kant and Pierre Laplace. Mano Singham, Scientific American, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of nebular hypothesis

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Nebular hypothesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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