solar system


Definition of 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

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Pitt portrays an astronaut who travels through the solar system to find his father. Washington Post, "Brad Pitt asks astronaut: Who was better? Clooney or me?," 16 Sep. 2019 Pitt portrays an astronaut who travels through the solar system to find his father. Time, "Brad Pitt's Big Question for NASA: Was I 'More Believable' Playing an Astronaut Than George Clooney?," 16 Sep. 2019 Astronomers have spotted another object passing through the solar system from other parts of the galaxy. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The Gig Economy Is Under Attack, But Not for the First Time—Data Sheet," 12 Sep. 2019 Because picking up a meteorite is akin to holding a piece of the solar system in your hand. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When a meteorite plunged into Lake Michigan, a team of scientists built a sled with magnets to find it," 4 Sep. 2019 McBride must travel to the edge of the solar system to find his missing father, a brilliant astronaut played by Tommy Lee Jones who went rogue years ago and may be stirring up cosmic trouble that threatens to destroy the Earth. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "How Brad Pitt has wrestled with ‘toxic masculinity’ since his split from Angelina Jolie," 30 Aug. 2019 Each Wednesday, weather permitting, the public can head to the observatory, where special telescopes provide a close look at the solar system and galaxies. Sylvia Gurinsky,, "Emil Buehler took Broward County to the stars | Opinion," 22 Aug. 2019 Sunnova relies on an independent dealer network to sell and install solar systems. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Sunnova reports second quarter losses but more customers and dealers," 20 Aug. 2019 This cosmic trash is courtesy of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last invaded our part of the solar system in 1992. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Don’t wait for its peak to look for the Perseid meteor shower," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of solar system

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of solar system

: our sun and the planets that move around it
: a star other than our sun and the planets that move around it

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Kids Definition of solar system

: the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors that revolve around it

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