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Basic Astronomy Terms
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1. an object (natural or manmade) that is held by gravity and inertia in a circular or elliptical path around a larger object astronomical unit
2. a star and all of its satellites space
3. a natural object surrounded by the vacuum of space solar system
4. the average distance from the earth to the sun (about 93 million miles; or 149.6 million kilometers) universe
5. an explosion that scientists believe occurred at the beginning of our universe; it is thought that after this explosion the first celestial bodies formed celestial body
6. the force of attraction between all objects orbit
7. the distance light travels in one year (about 5.88 trillion miles; or 9.45 trillion kilometers) satellite
8. the path a satellite travels around a larger object parsec
9. the relatively empty area between and around stars, planets, and other celestial bodies inertia
10. the tendency of a body at rest to stay at rest, and of a body in motion to stay in motion, unless acted upon by another force The Big Bang
11. the area containing all matter, energy, and space gravity
12. unit of distance equal to 3.26 light years light year



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