Ten amazing facts about Solar System that you may not knowMay 7, 2020
Do you think you have learned enough about the solar systems in your school? Well, you might be wrong. Here are ten facts about our own solar system that might surprise you.
1: Original color of our Sun is WHITE
Yes. You read that right. The sun that you see in the sky, that big yellow ball, that’s not its real color. Our sun is white, in fact, just like all the other stars we see in the night sky. This is because we observe it through smoke and air-masses as our earth is surrounded by it in the form of the ozone layer and other gases. Due to this instead of white color, all we see is its yellowish or sometimes reddish color.
2: Earth is more brighter than our moon
We always look up in the dark sky and admire our beautiful moon. No matter which age group you belong from, you have been praising its luminance. But here is the exciting thing. Our home planet earth is brighter than the moon. Earth is 43 times brighter than our beloved moon. So, next time you look up in the sky and admire the moon, don’t forget about your home planet.
3: Planet Nine, a new planet in our Solar System
We all know that Pluto is not considered as a planet, and we are left with only eight planets. This might not be the case anymore. Scientists have theorized that there are chances of the 9th planet in our solar system. If this planet exists, then it might be at a distance averaging more than 250 times that of the Earth from Sun. Well, in simple words, that is a lot of range. It is also predicted that this planet is 5 to 10 times more massive than earth. So far, we are unable to see it throughout current technology. How about this as surprising facts about our solar system.
4: Mercury is closest to Sun but is not the hottest planet, Its Venus
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is getting a lot of direct heat from the sun as compared to other worlds. But, It is not the hottest planet. The surface temperature of Mercury is 430 degrees Celsius or 800 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you look at Venus, it’s surface temperate is 462 degrees Celsius or 864 degrees Fahrenheit making it the hottest planet in the solar system. This is due to the dense atmosphere of Venus. Because of this, heat gets trapped inside, making it the most burning world in our solar system. A beautiful place for summer vacations? Nah, I don’t think so.
5: Moon was once part of the Earth
There is a hypothesis called giant-impact that suggests that very long ago, another body hit the Earth. This body was equal to the size of Mars and is named as “Theia.” The impact was so significant that a large debris ring around Earth was created. This ring then accreted to form the Moon. It is also suggested that a 23.5° tilted axis of Earth is also a reason for this collision. We enjoy different seasons because of this axis. So, we need to be thankful to Theia for our seasons.
6: Pluto is not the end of our Solar Sytem
From many pictures, we can conclude that Pluto is at the edge of our Solar System. But your guess is not even close. Objects are orbiting the sun that is millions of miles farther away from Pluto. These objects are called Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) or Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). And even more, now, there is the vast Oort comet cloud that is more than 1,000 times farther away from Pluto. This giant comet cloud is part of the Solar System as well. Remember that it took Voyager 1 35 years to leave our solar system. Voyager 1 is the first human-made object that has left our solar system. Interestingly Voyager 1 is still active and is sending data back to Earth.
7: Storm going on Jupiter for hundreds of years that is twice as big as Earth
Whenever we see a photo of Jupiter, we see an eye shape red spot on it. Ever wondered what that is? That is known as the Great Red Spot. It’s a storm that is active on Jupiter even before 1665. It’s so enormous that you could easily fit 2 Earth-sized objects in it. Scientists first discovered it in 1830. Since then, it has been continuously observed. Over time it has changed its color and has decreased in size. But still, it’s active to this day. It has existed for at least 360 years.
8: There were oceans of water on Mars once
Did you know that once one-third of the surface of Mars was covered with water? That’s true. The depth of these oceans was as deep as 5 KMs. But this was long ago. To be precise, that was approximately 4.1–3.8 billion years ago. Because Mars does not has a dense atmosphere, so over time of period, it lost all of its water. But the evidence is still there. There are networks of gullies that merge into larger channels that prove that our neighbor once had oceans of water like us.
9: There is no solid surface on planet Jupiter
Any plan of visiting Jupiter next summer vacation? You might need to change your plan and visit some other planet. This is because you cannot stand on the surface of this big giant. The reason is that there is no solid surface on this planet. Its all made up of gas not from only the outside but also the inside. Because there is no solid ground, its surface is defined as the point where the atmospheric pressure is equal to that of Earth.
10: Mt. Everest is not the tallest mountain in our Solar System
This fact is not less surprising, like all other facts about our solar system. We always think that the Mt. Everest is the tallest peak but, you compare it with other mountains in our solar system, and you might get surprised. This title goes to Olympus Mons on Mars without any competition. This is because Olympus Mons is 24 kilometers or 16 miles high. How high is that? Well, compare it with Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest stands tall at 8.8 Kilometers or 5.5 miles. That means Mt. Everest is just half of the size of Olympus Mons. Are you feeling little?
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