We’ve long known that the planets and moons of our solar system were composed of ice, dust, and other materials that were largely absent from our own.
But what if you can show us what they look like from space?
In a new feature on Vice News, astrophysicist Matthew Tannenbaum explains why we need to know about the solar system from space in order to fully appreciate its beauty.
The feature is called “Why Are There Coloring pages?.”
Tannneman also shares some new discoveries he’s made on his quest to discover what these planets look like in the Solar System.
For example, Tannenberg has discovered that Pluto and its moons were once covered in a massive thickening layer of gas and dust that covered the surface.
That gas was trapped inside a giant ocean that filled in the region between the planet and its larger, icy moon.
Tannsberg’s research suggests that the moon and planet were once connected by a giant ice sheet, which was frozen solid over time, allowing the moons to form.
The icy moon’s ice sheet eventually melted into a new ocean.
The two moons are now completely separated from one another and have separate orbits.
As Tannenburg writes in the Vice News feature, the icy moon “is not a close cousin of our own planet and is the most distant of the four planets in our solar System.”
As for the gas layer, Tannon explains that “it was probably an ice sheet that stretched out from the icy surface of the planet that held the gas, and it is a layer of the gas and ice that remains in the atmospheres of the two moons and their orbit.”
TANNENBERG: The first solar system planet, Ganymede, is now an icy giant.
This giant planet was formed when the gas of the young planet’s icy core froze into a thick layer of ice.
The gas then trapped itself inside the planet’s crust and was then frozen solid.
TANNBERG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY It’s possible that this thick layer was used to create the massive ocean, but it’s possible the ocean was formed in a different way, TANNBURG/START READING It’s also possible that the planet formed as a giant asteroid, which is one of the few things that could potentially create a giant icy planet.
There are two types of comets that have been discovered so far, and one of them may have formed as an icy planet or asteroid.
“When we talk about icy moons, the first thing that comes to mind is the Ganymete-Ceres comet, which orbits the sun in the constellation of Aquarius,” Tannberg explains.
“In addition to being an ice-covered comet, it’s also a giant-sized asteroid, the size of Jupiter.
It’s probably the most massive asteroid in our Solar System.”
He explains that the object was “created from the gas from the interior of the sun” and that it “looks like a giant ball of ice and rock.”
In the film, Tancredo says, “There is a comet called Ganymeter-C” which is a giant rock that has the same size as Jupiter, but is made of more gas than water.
In this case, he says, it was made from the leftover ice that had been left over from the formation of the ice sheet.
“There’s another one called Gjemdal-C, which formed in the same way,” Tancano explains.
He adds that it was discovered in 2016 by astronomer John Nyquist, and he hopes that this comet will be the first object that we discover that is made up of material from different planets.
The other possible source of Ganyms is the icy asteroid, Ceres.
Tanceno explains that if it was a comet that had formed in its interior, it could have been a rocky body with an icy surface.
But if it formed as part of a comet, then the icy body could have also formed as water ice, which could then have been used to form the icy planet and the giant ocean.
“If it were a rocky planet, that’s how we’d expect it to be,” TANNONETTE/SCIENCES/SCIENTIFIC GANYMETE/Cerelia-C in the film.
Ceres was discovered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
TANSON/SCIMES/STATIONARY The asteroid is about 1,400 miles (2,400 kilometers) across, and was discovered using a robotic arm, which allowed scientists to “reach inside the asteroid and look inside the interior.”
TANCERO/STAGE/MOSCOW/CORBIS/ESA It’s been a while since Tannano’s last space exploration movie.
But he’s never had a more compelling reason to return to the solar systems.
In a recent interview with Wired, Tano revealed that