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CLIP 9850

How Uranus and Neptune were formed

How Uranus and Neptune were formed
Key Info
  • How Uranus and Neptune were formed
  • Duration: 01:24
  • An explanation of how large chunks of ice that make up the Kuiper Belt may have formed Uranus and Neptune. In 1992 scientists discovered the first block of ice in the Kuiper Belt. A brief explanation of how many of these could be responsible for forming Uranus and Saturn is given, together with the admission that even today not much is known about how our outer planets formed. Published as part of the Solar System website Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Solar System

  • Keywords: Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper, ice, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • A general introduction to the formation of planets from matter floating in space, but is most applicable to the formation of Uranus and Neptune.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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