Our Solar System is an amazing conglomeration of heavenly bodies, of which the Sun forms the center. But apart from the regular facts everyone has been taught in geography lessons, there is an astounding number of details you may not be aware of.
The Sun occupies about 99% of the entire mass of our solar system.
You sure know it’s a big ball of gas, but did you realize it was this big? The rest of the planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, meteors, and numerous other bodies make up a meager 1%.
A day in Mercury is equal to 58 Earth days.
If you want to view the sunrise from this planet, you need to wait for a really long time. But actually it’s a lot like in Antarctica where the sun stays out of sight throughout winter.
Mercury isn’t the hottest planet; that position goes to Venus.
True Mercury is the closest to the Sun, but the absence of atmosphere makes it impossible for this planet to retain the heat. However, Venus with its thick atmosphere retains most of the sun’s heat.
Jupiter works as the vacuum cleaner of the solar system.
The gravitational pull of this enormous planet makes it scoop up most of the debris in space. Once a body gets pulled by its gravitational force, it remains orbiting the planet forever.
Saturn has rings; so does others.
Remember the pictures of Saturn with its rings made from rocks, ice, and dust particles! But this isn’t exclusive to this planet. Its close neighbors Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus have bright but invisible (from the Earth, that is) rings.
On Uranus, a single season lasts for about twenty Earth years.
The orbital tilt of this planet, at 82 degrees, makes for lengthy seasons. And it also adds to the weird weather conditions on the planet’s surface.
Pluto isn’t the only dwarf planet in our solar system.
Well, scientists long debated the status of this one, and finally named Pluto a dwarf planet. But it isn’t the only one; there are 4 others – Eris, Ceres, Makemake and Haumea.
Our solar system is a storehouse of oddities! These are just a few examples. Interestingly, not every depiction is true; while you may have seen a movie where spaceships need to avoid asteroids, in truth, these are so few and far away, it’s hardly realistic!