11 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Our Solar System

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilean_moons Source: Wikipedia

Our solar system is a pretty cool place and it seems to get more and more interesting by the day. Right now, we’re looking to establish a human settlement on Mars. One hundred years ago, something like this would never have been possible. Some argue that right now, it still isn’t; however, you never know what could happen in the next 11 years – anything is possible. Since space is so fascinating, we figured that now would be a good time to take at those wondrous things we may have forgotten about our solar system while discovering some amazing new facts.


Mercury and Venus are the only two planets in our solar system that do not have any moons.

http://www.universetoday.com/14335/how-many-moons-does-mercury-have/ Source: www.universetoday.com


Io, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, has over 400 active volcanoes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Io_(moon) Source: Wikipedia


While many might assume that Mercury is the hottest planet in our solar system because of its proximity to the Sun, Venus is in fact the hottest planet because of its thick atmosphere of CO2, which traps all of the heat. Mercury, on the other hand, doesn’t have any atmosphere, so all of it’s heat just goes out into space.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus Source: Venus


Jupiter’s icy moon Europa reportedly has an active ocean beneath its surface, which has led scientists to hypothesize that it might be able to support life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_(moon) Source: Wikipedia


There are four planets in our solar system with rings – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – which are all gas giants. Jupiter’s rings are faint while Saturn’s are the brightest. Uranus’ rings are hard to see and Neptune’s are also really faint.

http://imgkid.com/neptune-planet-rings.shtml Source: imgkid.com


Titan, one of Saturn’s many moons, has lakes, rivers and oceans of liquid, ethane, methane and propane.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/27/lakes-saturn-moon-titan-photos_n_4167754.html Source: Huffington Post


Our solar system has five dwarf planets – Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. Scientists believe that there may be dozens or possibly even 100 more dwarf planets in our solar system awaiting discovery.

http://www.8planets.co.uk/facts-about-haumea Source: www.8planets.co.uk


Saturn is the least dense of all the planets in our solar system. If we were to put it in a really large pool of water, it would float.

http://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn Source: Wikipedia


A day on Venus lasts longer than a year. It takes 243 earth days for the planet to rotate once on its axis and its orbit around the sun only takes 225 earth days.

http://astrologyking.com/venus-retrograde/ Source: astrologyking.com


There are rocks that were formed on mars that have been found on earth. Scientists believe that they were ejected from the red planet courtesy of an asteroid or comet.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/black-beauty-meteorite-is-oldest-chunk-of-mars-ever-found-on-earth-scientists-say-8954268.html Source: Independent


Jupiter has the most moons out of any planet – at least 67.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilean_moons Source: Wikipedia
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