Precipitation in the solar system

Gordon McIntosh

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As an astronomy instructor, I am always looking for commonly observed Earthly experiences to help my students and me understand and appreciate similar occurrences elsewhere in the solar system. Recently I wrote a short TPT article on frost.1 This paper is on the related phenomena of precipitation. Precipitation, so common on most of the Earth's surface as rain, snow, and other forms of water, also occurs on other bodies in the solar system. However, the precipitating chemical on the other bodies is rarely water, may never reach the solid surface of the body, and may even occur on bodies that do not have a well-defined solid surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-505
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Teacher
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2007


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