Our solar system is a combination of 8 planets, 5 dwarf planets, 173 natural satellites, numerous comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. But, if just narrow our facts to the planets of our solar system, we get a number interesting but strange facts. In this article, we have listed out the facts related to the planets of our solar system.
Strange Facts About Our Planets
1. Freezing Temperature of Mercury
Mercury being the closest to the Sun experiences a maximum temperature of 800 degrees F. But, the night at this planet is just deadly freezing. At night, the temperature on this planet drops down to 279 degrees F.
2. Venus Is The Hottest Planet of Solar System
Many people believe Mercury as the hottest planet but this is not true. It is Venus which is the hottest planet in our solar system. The average temperature on Venus is about 875 degrees F. This temperature is enough to easily melt tin and lead. It is because of the damaged atmosphere of the Venus.
3. Earth Is Slowing Down Its Rotation Speed
It is believed that Earth is slowing down its rotation speed with an acceleration rate of 17 milliseconds per hundred years. According to this speed, in next 140 million years, the Earth will be having a day consisted of 25 hours.
4. Mars Is Having The Biggest Volcano of Our Solar System
Olympus Mons is the largest volcano of our solar system which exists on the surface of Mars. This volcano is approximately three times as tall as the Mount Everest.
5. Jupiter Is The Garbage Disposal
Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system but its main attraction is the “big red spot”. The big red spot is the long-running storm of Jupiter. The gravitational force of Jupiter is very powerful and is capable of sucking huge garbage from the space.
6. A Day On Saturn
A day on the planet Saturn consists of 10 hours 42 minutes when compared with the Earth time.
7. Seasons on Uranus Last For 20 Years
Not many of us are aware of the 82 degrees orbital tilt of Uranus. Because of this, the planet faces seasons which last up to 20 years. It also happens to cause odd weather conditions on this planet.
8. Winds Speed on Neptune
The wind on Neptune travels by a speed of a Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighter. The maximum speed of these winds is more than 1500 mph.
That sums up our strange facts about the planets of our solar system.
Also read: A Solar System With 7 Earth-Sized Planets