Solar Nebula Theory

Nebular Hypothesis

What is the Solar Nebula Theory?

The Solar Nebula Theory is a model explaining the formation of our solar system. The method is held to be true about our solar system.

  • All planets orbit the sun in the same direction
  • All planetary orbits are in the same general plane
  • Terrestrial planets form near the sun, Jovian planets further out

What does the Solar Nebula Theory state?

The Solar Nebula Theory states that stars form in massive thick clouds of molecular hydrogen. The clouds are gravitational unstable and matter forms into smaller, denser clumps. The clouds collapse and form stars. The Solar Nebula Theory also states that the solar system was formed from a nebula cloud made from a collection of dust and gas.

Who discovered the Solar Nebula Theory?

The Nebula Hypothesis was first developed by Emanuel Swedenborg, Immanuel Kant, and Pierre- Simon Laplace.

When was the theory developed?

The theory was developed in the 18th century.