10 Facts About Solar System

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10 facts about our beautiful solar system that are know to only few

10 Facts About Solar System

Saturn, while being the second largest planet in our solar system, is actually the least dense being roughly 75% hydrogen and 25% helium. It’s density is such that scientists think it would actually float in water! You know, if you could find an ocean that big.

Hey, you know about the ‘Death Star’ from Star Wars? Remember how Han Solo thought it was a moon and Obi Wan said “That’s no moon.”? What if he had said, “Yep, that’s Mimas, one of Saturn’s 53 official moons.” No kidding, this is what inspired Lucas to write that bit of the story. Mimas looks like the death star. Creepy, but cool.

Back to Star Wars again, you know how Lucas catches a lot of heat for having planets with just one geological feature, like a world of nothing but ice (that would be Hoth)? That could never happen, right? Well, hold on! Tethys, another moon of Saturn, is like a giant ice cube floating about in space. Before the solar system cooled down and the planets solidified, it would have been a single ocean or giant ball of liquid water slowly circling Saturn.

Here inKansaswe like to complain about the every changing weather. Sometimes it can change as much as 40 degrees in a couple of hours, and hey, that’s why we have tornados, but how would you like a storm that lasted 40 years? Or 400? The Great Spot on Jupiter has been going on for over 300 years and is so large that over 100 Earths could fit inside. Yeah, change could be good.

Uranus, other than the slightly off-color name, is unique for the way it spins on its axis. The other planets all spin like tops, but Uranus spins like a barrel on its side. Scientists believe that something big shooting through must have knocked it on its side, either by impacting it or just by disrupting its magnetic field. That must have been HUGE!

Venus’ year, the time it takes to orbit around the sun is 225 Earth days long. Its day, the time it takes to spin on its axis (24 hours on Earth) takes 243 Earth days, making the Venusians’ day last longer than a Venusians’ year.

The atmosphere on Venus is made up of mostly carbon dioxide, and is 90 times as dense as that of Earth. The atmospheric weight would crush a human being flat, if we could make it through the incredible storms to the surface of the planet.

Saturn is known as the ringed planet, but did you know that other planets also have rings that aren’t readily visible? All the gas giants, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn have rings.

Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, seems to possess an atmosphere and conditions that bear striking similarity to a pre-life Earth.

Mars, the most visited of the planets, likely contained liquid water in its recent past, and yes, the ‘rivers’ might have indeed been rivers. Mars is the most likely candidate of all the main planets for human colonization sometime in the future because of its gravity, though less than Earth’s, its proximity to the sun and the potential for atmosphere.


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd May 2012 (#)

this is most interesting nihalar..thank you..
actually as I once wrote, there are beings living on the planets just as there are other earths being formed and already formed. Retz is the capital of Venus and is very beautiful but you cant go there in your physical body....unless of course you can!!!!!

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author avatar Betsyboo
2nd May 2012 (#)

very well explained. there something about jupitor.ill read up about

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
3rd May 2012 (#)

Very good article. Thank you for sharing.

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