15 Amazing New Facts about the Solar System

Solar System Facts

The solar system is an awe-inspiring cosmic marvel that encompasses our home planet, Earth, along with eight other fascinating celestial bodies. At its heart lies the Sun, a brilliant, life-giving star around which everything revolves. Its immense gravitational force holds the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in their orbits.

The four inner planets, known as the terrestrial planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, are rocky and relatively small. They orbit closer to the Sun and have solid surfaces. Earth, the third planet, stands out as the only known world teeming with life, featuring diverse ecosystems and supporting a vast array of species.

Beyond the terrestrial planets, lie the gas giants – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These massive planets are primarily composed of hydrogen and helium and possess intricate ring systems and a plethora of moons. Jupiter, the largest of all, acts as a cosmic vacuum cleaner, protecting the inner planets by deflecting potential threats from incoming asteroids and comets.

The solar system also harbours a diverse collection of celestial objects in the form of comets and asteroids, remnants from the formation of the planets billions of years ago. These celestial wanderers provide crucial insights into the early history of our cosmic neighbourhood.

Understanding the solar system is not only essential for unravelling the mysteries of our past but also for providing a broader context for potential future exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life. As we continue to explore and learn more about our solar system, we gain a deeper appreciation of the universe’s vastness and complexity.

Here are the 15 Facts about the Solar System We Live in

 The sun, a star at the centre of the solar system is about 4.6 billion years old.
One million Earths could fit inside the Sun – and the Sun is considered an average-size star.
Earth is the densest planet in the solar system and a tectonically active planet.
Valles Marineris is a valley on Mars that is more than 10 times as long as Earth’s Grand Canyon.
Venus is a hellish planet where upper winds flow 50 times faster than the planet’s rotation.
Water ice exists all over the solar system such as Mercury, Moon, Mars and even in smaller bodies as dwarf planets.
Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system which is getting smaller and denser.

Sun’s visible surface has 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit but its upper atmosphere has millions of degrees.

The solar wind is a stream of charged particles that flows out from the sun speed up to 700km/s causing auroras on Earth.
Spacecraft have visited every planet in the solar system as we’ve been exploring space for more than 60 years.
Uranus appears to roll around the sun like a ball, rotating on its side and the north pole is at 4 o’clock.
Jupiter hosts the solar system’s largest storm known as the Great Red Spot and this spot getting smaller.
Saturn’s moon Titan hosts a liquid cycle much like Earth’s water cycle but it’s lakes filled with methane and ethane.
A strange storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere shaped like a hexagon and it is there for decades.
The sun is expected to exhaust its hydrogen fuel in about 5 billion years after that becoming a white dwarf by shrinking in size.

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