The Solar System

The solar system contains many different kinds of celestial objects: the planets and their satellites, asteroids, comets, and small bodies located beyond Neptune. While spacecrafts continue to explore the solar system, there are still many objects yet to be identified in order to answer a number of questions. Thanks to its wide field-of-view capability and light gathering power, the Subaru Telescope unveiled the distribution of small bodies in the solar system. Subaru’s various instruments have helped astronomers to study compositions of solar system’s objects, leading to the further understanding of the history of the solar system. The Subaru Telescope plays an active role in opening a “time-capsule” from the early solar system.

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