Amazing Things About Our Solar System

Published by in science
9th Jun 2008

The Solar System consists of 8 major planets, thousands of minor planets called asteroids or dwarf planets, satellites such as the moon, comets, meteoroids, dust, and gases. Here are some amazing things about the Solar System.

1.) The Solar System is located in one of the arms of Milky Way Galaxy, known as Orion Arm, is about 30,000 light-years from the center of Milky Way

2.)The solar system is moving toward the constellation Hercules at a speed of about 12 miles per second (19.3 km/sec).

3.) Of the 8 planets in the Solar System, only Mercury and Venus have no moon. Earth has one satellite, Mars has 2, Jupiter has 63, Saturn has 60 plus 3 unconfirmed, Uranus has 27, and Neptune has 13.

4.)Pluto, Eris, Ceres, Sedna, Orcus and Quaoars are objects in the solar system called dwarf planets

5.) Titan is the largest satellite of Saturn and is larger than Mercury. It is the only satellite in the Solar System with a substantial atmosphere.

6.) Although Mercury is the nearest planet to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet with surface temperature over 400 degrees C, most likely due to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

7.) Except for the sun and the moon, Venus is generally the brightest object in the sky. It is called the Morning Star or the Evening star.

8.) Venus rotates very slowly about its axis. The direction is east to west, opposite that of all the planets. All of the planets are orbiting in a counter-clockwise direction; but while most planets also rotate counter-clockwise, Venus rotates clockwise in “retrograde” rotation.

9.) Venus and Mars do not have magnetic fields, and the Solar wind causes their atmosphere to gradually bleed away into space

10.) Olympus Mons (Mount Olympus) in Mars, at 26 km is the highest known mountain in the Solar System. It is an extinct volcano in the vast upland region Tharsis, which contains several other large volcanoes. It is over three times the height of Mount Everest which in comparison stands at only 8.848 km.

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11.) Mars is often called the red planet because it appears in the night sky as a bright star-like object with a distinct reddish color

  • Lucy Lockett

    So much more to know! Very, very interesting..

  • Ruby Hawk

    Our solar system never fails to amaze me. It is just unbelievable.

  • william rodriguez II

    Very nice,bro.

  • Anna Ski

    I love the solar system, there is so much to learn about it and it’s mysteries.
    Each planet, star and milky way all having a certain something about them.

  • nobert soloria bermosa

    hello everybody, hope you’ll like this, thanks

  • tracy sardelli

    amazing article, i love the photo’s, brilliant. thank you for sharing.

  • salvatore

    great article, well done.

  • robertovito

    will s/u this, good job.

  • deepbluesea

    very interesting! I love the pics.

  • MindIt

    Thank you nobert…you enhanced my knowledge of the solar system

  • Alexa Gates

    very interesting!

  • valli

    Very interesting.

  • Anne Lyken-Garner

    Lovely pictures. I’ve done (and am in the process of doing another) a couple of articles like this one and was amazed at the pictures when I got ready to source them. Our world is magnificent!

  • Jake

    Awesome pictures and very interesting

  • will123

    This is so helpful, thanks so much, this is such a good site and it really helped me with my science project.

  • musfira

    great’superb

  • Pourush

    cool!!!! it helped me very much… tkhank you!!!

  • herschel

    thank you it helped me so much

  • miesha

    i didn’t like it at all.will i did like the pictures.okay i loved it all but i have my own website on the solar system.but that was amazing.SHHHHHHH!Don’t tell any body please by the way i live in tokyo my address is 98705.kisses

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  • esa flaca

    thanks vato this stuff helped me alot for my science project now i can finally go to highschool well alratoz latez

  • AJ ROCKING

    THIS IS INDEED VERY GOOD INFORMATION WHICH WILL BE VERY USEFUL TO ME IN MY SCIENCE PROJECT.THANKS BUDDY.

  • jelinda

    why is she stand on that rock

  • vishal

    thank you it helped me so much

  • Sourav

    Very good post!

  • Alayah Blackwell

    well, as a 12 year old girl i know more about planets then most adults and i believe that out of all the galaxy’s only one planet in one galaxy supports life? no, there has to be more life in another galaxy on another planet…