Solar Nebular Hypothesis: Definition & Explanation


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The solar nebula hypothesis states that which of the following was formed from a nebula?

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1. About how long ago was the solar system believed to have formed?

2. What reaction, process or event designates the birth of a star, like our sun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The solar system was formed a very long time ago. Test your understanding of the formation of the solar system, the sun, and planets with this worksheet and quiz. Questions will be in multiple choice format.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be asked to:

  • Explain the solar nebula hypothesis
  • Detail why the asteroid belt has not become a planet
  • Name the process that gives way to the birth of a star
  • Select how long ago the solar system formed
  • Give the name for the little clusters of matter that eventually become planets

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the solar nebular hypothesis
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define key ideas related to the formation of the solar system and the sun and planets
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the process of the birth of a star

Additional Learning

To learn more about the solar nebula hypothesis, review the accompanying lesson called Solar Nebular Hypothesis: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the formation of our solar system, including the orbital plane
  • Explain the formation of the sun and planets
  • Understand why the outer planets are much bigger than the four inner planets