Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 month ago

If we can see Orion with our bare eyes, how come we assume that the Oorth Cloud is theoretical?

Orion is behind the Oorth Cloud, is it? If we see Orion with its rings why not the entire Oort cloud with everything that's in it?  

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    well, we know theres all kinds of objects zinging around out there, but the 'ort' cloud is simply a made up story to explain where comets came from .. all conjecture .. they dont know .. just like they dont know where half the matter in the universe is that 'needs' to be there for their other stupid theories to work and call it 'dark matter' ...

  • 1 month ago

    1) It's called the 'Oort Cloud', and it's not 'theoretical'.

    2) You can see Orion because it is a bright star, while the objects in the cloud do not emit light.

  • 1 month ago

    Orion is one of the 88 constellations, which is an imaginary (i.e. human invention of no significance) picture of a man holding a club over his head.  The stars are spread in three dimensional space across several hundred lightyears.

    The Oort Cloud, named for Jan Oort, the Dutch astronomer who first predicted its existence, is an extremely diffuse distant collection of bodies in orbit around the Sun, and totally unrelated to Orion or any other constellation.

  • 1 month ago

    Where do you get the Oort cloud is theoretical.

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  • 1 month ago

    "Orion with its rings"?!  The Oort Cloud is extremely sparse and far away, and the objects in it are small and dim.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It's "Oort".  Jan Oort.  I knew the man.

    The Oort cloud is where most comets come from.  It's certainly not "theoretical", otherwise where would those comets be from?

  • 1 month ago

    Oort, not Ort or Oorth Cloud

    Icy remnants from the Formation of the Solar System

    Once the dust and ice disappeared it had to end up somewhere

    After the Planets had formed, the what was left of the colliding Proto Planets in the Solar System, having less Mass, Ventured to where the Asteroid Belt

    The Ices were tossed out further by the Gas Giants to form the Icy Planetisimals beyond Neptune

    These have been long studied and the Kuiper belt which is a flattish Disc

    So is the Hills slope which lead up to the Inner and Outer Oort Cloud

    Millions of objects lie between Earth and our view of open space

    Although the Objects run into their Millions, their collective mass would be about 30 %

    of Earth's

    And they lie millions of miles apart

     from each other

    So we can clearly see right through them

    Just like we look at our Night Sky and see Stars alight on a black background

    If they were only light years apart, our sky would be white

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  • 1 month ago

    The Oort cloud is very diffuse, and the objects in it are so far away that we *can't* see it. The objects within the Oort cloud generate no light of their own, whereas the stars in Orion create enough light that we can see them from hundreds of light years away. 

  • david
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Like the asteroid belt, The Oort cloud is not particularly dense. Liken it to seeing through/past the moisture on your eyeball while looking at your monitor. 

  • 1 month ago

    You have no idea what the Oort Cloud is, do you?  It is NOT a "cloud" in the sense that it obscures objects behind it.  Try to educate yourself a little first, then you might be able to formulate a sensible question.

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