solar system


: the sun together with the group of celestial bodies that are held by its attraction and revolve around it
also : a similar system centered on another star

Examples of solar system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next time Thatcher will enter the inner solar system will be around the year 2278, according to EarthSky. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2024 Inside, there’s a museum curator and his office, an astronomy exhibit that comes with a telescope and 3-D solar system, and ancient artifacts abound. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 These giant explosions from the sun send energy, light, and particles throughout the solar system. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2024 But for those wondering what an eclipse looks like on another planet in the solar system, here's what to know about what Mars experienced. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 Sometimes the child who can tell you everything there is to know about dinosaurs or baseball statistics or the solar system grows up to be a groundbreaking scientist or a brilliant entrepreneur. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 27 Mar. 2024 Throughout its travels, the spacecraft has collected information about its surroundings and its status while drifting deeper and deeper into the universe, compiling insights on the outer solar system and the space beyond the outer solar system alongside its twin, the Voyager 2 spacecraft. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Remembrance of Earth’s Past is a saga of an impending close encounter that affects the globe, eventually taking place far beyond our solar system. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2024 Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, are venturing through uncharted cosmic territory along the outer reaches of the solar system. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solar system was circa 1704

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“Solar system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

solar system

: a star with the group of heavenly bodies that revolve around it
especially : the sun with the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets that orbit it

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