Our Solar system is a magical box with full of mysteries. Do you think you know everything about our Solar system? Well, it has lot of surprising facts concealed in it. And here are some of the astonishing facts about our Solar system which you are probably unaware of.
- Mercury is not the hottest planet
Since our initial school days we have been taught that Mercury is the hottest planet as it is close to sun compared to any other planets. But reality is that, Venus, the second nearest planet to the Sun is the hottest planet of our solar system. Yes, it is the close distance between Sun and Mercury which made us believe this fact.
Why isn’t Mercury the hottest planet inspite of being so close to Sun?
Mercury neither has an atmosphere nor warming blanket which can trap and hold all the heat. But Venus on the other hand has a very thick atmosphere composed of Carbon dioxide. All the heat being transported from Sun is freely let in by the carbon dioxide molecules and the atmospheric blanket has now entrapped all the hot radiations. It is said that the temperature of Venus is so hot that it can easily melt Tin and lead. On an average it is said that Venus has 800°F temperature.
- Jupiter has the biggest and deepest ocean compared to any other planet
We are well aware about the fact that Pacific Ocean’s Mariana’s Trench is the deepest ocean on Earth with depth of 6.8 miles. But do you know which is the deepest and largest ocean of our Solar system?
Jupiter is said to have the biggest ocean of all the planets. Jupiter has large amount of Hydrogen and Helium in it. It has a very cold space as it is five times far from the Sun. this cold temperature melts all the Hydrogen and Helium and thus the liquid is stored under the ground and formed the biggest and deepest Ocean.
- Neptune has winds that can be as fast as jet fighter
NASA has reported that Neptune has a very strong wind which could be as fast as a jet fighter. On an average Neptune’s wind can travel with a speed of 1,500 Km and more. Neptune’s winds are three times stronger than the Earth’s winds.
- Jupiter sucks all the garbage in Space
Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar system. And the main speciality of this planet is its big red spot. However, this red spot is considered to be very important for our safety.
How is it safe for us?
Jupiter’s strong gravitational pull and its massive size have been like a protecting shield for Earth. It pulls all the debris in space and other dangerous objects from hitting our Earth. All the waste it pulls orbits around it before moving towards Earth.
- Mars rocks found on Earth
Mars rocks have been found on Earth in Antarctica, The Sahara Desert and many more places. No body bought these Mars rocks to Earth. Chemical analysis of these meteorites have shown the existence of gas packets in these rocks similar to rocks present in Mars. Large meteorite or asteroid impact on Mars or a huge volcanic eruption may be the reason for these meteorites to enter Earth.
- Uranus has its seasons lasting for twenty years
Uranus is said to be quite different from other planets because of its axial twist. It has an axial twist of 98 degrees with one of its pole facing the Sun. Due to this axial tilt its seasons lasts for twenty years on Earth and results in odd weather.
- Saturn is not the only planet to have ring
In most of the pictures of our solar system we have noticed Saturn as a planet with ring around it. Do you think only Saturn has ring and no other planets have?
It is just not Saturn but many of the larger plants like Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus have rings around it. Saturn’s rings are clearly visible from Earth unlike that of Neptune and Uranus which are far away from Earth. Though Jupiter is near to Earth compared to Saturn, its gaseous body and indefinite solid shape unlike that of Saturn’s makes it difficult to identify its rings.
- One day of Mercury is equal to 58 Earth Days
Day and night formations is nothing but rotation one rotation of planet. So one rotation of Earth is equal to 24 hours i.e. one day. Similarly one rotation of Mercury will be equal to 58 days of Earth. Just imagine how slow it would be!
- Every object in our Solar system has moon
Every small object in the Solar system is said to have moon. We all know that moon is our natural satellite and there may be one or more moons for any object in our solar system. Presence of the moon is an indication of gravitational pull. Even the small of the smallest objects do possess some gravitational force to hold its moon.
- We are living inside the Sun
We all know that Sun is the only natural energy source providing heat and light to Earth. And it seems like we are about 93 million miles away from the sun, little did we know that we are actually living inside Sun’s atmospheric region which extends beyond the visible surface. The atmosphere of Sun just does not end at Earth, it is extended even upto Neptune and beyond that in the form of Auroras. The Sun’s outer atmosphere is known as “Heliosphere”. So it is clear that we are a part of Sun and living inside it.