Who does not love to learn about space? It is such a vast world out there, and humans have been marveling at it for centuries. Well, here are some Solar System Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!
Let’s find out more about how it started and what it contains. Besides the planets, there is so much to explore. So, let us take a look at comets, asteroids, and meteors that make the solar system so fascinating. You don’t even need your spacesuit to take in all of these wonderful tidbits! If you are ready, read on to make your way through the terrestrial planets, gas giants, and asteroid belt.
10 The Solar System is Old
And by old, we mean about 4.6 billion years old!
9 The Solar System’s Start
When a cloud of molecules just caved in on itself, the Sun and planets were formed.
8 The Sun is the Star of the Show
No pun intended, but the Sun accounts for over 99% of the solar system’s total mass.
7 The Ranking of the Planets
The “terrestrial” planets are made of rock and metal, and include Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
6 So, What About the Other Ones?
The remaining planets are called the “gas giants” because they are made up of gas and are a lot bigger than the terrestrial planets.
5 Ice, Ice, Baby
Uranus and Neptune are sometimes called “ice giants” because they are made of water, ammonia, and methane ices.
4 The Other Guys
There are other “dwarf” planets out there, such as Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.
3 The Solar System will Kick Your Asteroid
And most of the asteroids are found in the “asteroid belt,” located out past Mars.
2 The “A” Team
Many scientists believe that if all the asteroids were able to combine with each other, they could make a new planet.
1 Asteroids are Mined
We can collect various elements and metals from asteroids, such as nickel, titanium, and iron.
+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets
We know that you’re ready for even more crunchy nuggets about the solar system. Here are even more facts that will blow you away. Find out how many asteroids are flying around right now, as well as the prime time to spot a meteor shower.
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