The history of scientific thought about the formation and evolution of the solar system begins with the copernican revolutionthe first recorded use of the term solar system dates from 1704. This geocentric view backed by the very powerful religions at the time endured for more than 1400 years until it was toppled by copernicus and confirmed by galileo through their observational evidence and by using the newly invented telescope they produced data and logic supporting a sun centered heliocentric model of the solar system. The formation and evolution of the solar system began 46 billion years ago with the gravitational collapse of a small part of a giant molecular cloud most of the collapsing mass collected in the center forming the sun while the rest flattened into a protoplanetary disk out of which the planets moons asteroids and other small solar system bodies formed. Using solar water heating and passive design this solar system has been continuously operating since that time and the bridgers paxton building is now in the national historic register as the worlds first solar heated office building 1956 william cherry us signal corps laboratories approaches rca labs paul. History of the sun the sun is by far the largest object in the solar system it contains more than 998 of the total mass of the solar system jupiter contains most of the rest it is often said that the sun is an ordinary star thats true in the sense that there are many others similar to it
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