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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Under strobe lights and a solar system of disco balls, Patti Hansen closed this morning’s Michael Kors show turned disco at Cipriani in the Financial District. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Supermodel Patti Hansen Just Had an Ageless Beauty Moment at Michael Kors," 13 Feb. 2019 Is our eight-planet solar system typical, or an outlier? Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Kepler's Last Light, and Its Towering Legacy," 8 Feb. 2019 Hayabusa 2 is scheduled to attempt three brief touch-and-go landings on the asteroid to collect samples in hopes of providing clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. James Rogers, Fox News, "Asteroid rovers send back stunning new pictures of space rock's surface," 27 Sep. 2018 Oumuamua’s path makes sense only if some extra force—in addition to the gravity of the sun, planets, and other large solar system bodies—is giving it a push. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet, flight path reveals," 27 June 2018 One bill establishes a separate Personal Identification Number and calculates property taxes for that portion of the farmland to be used for solar energy at $218,000 per megawatt — to be paid by the solar system owner/developer. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County residents weigh in on proposed solar farms," 14 June 2018 Scientists have discovered some of the original interstellar dust that formed the Earth and the solar system billions of years ago, a new study said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Scientists discover ancient interstellar dust that formed the Earth and the solar system," 11 June 2018 Scientists have collaborated to make diamond rain in the lab to help learn the hectic interiors of our solar system’s gas giant planets. Houston Chronicle, "Diamond Sponsor: Harris Health System gets 'INSPIREd'," 30 Apr. 2018 And not just for the solar system’s sake—NASA is obligated by international treaty to keep other planets clean. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Cleanroom Where NASA’s New Mars Lander Waits to Launch," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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