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38 Amazing Facts You may not know About Planets | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. If you are having problems remembering the planets in their correct order, just remember this sentence “My very educated mother just served us nine pickles,” Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
  2. Fact is Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System.  Mercury is just 4,879 Kms across its equator, compared with 12,742 Kms for the Earth.
  3. On planet mercury sun rises during the day and then amazingly turns back and sets in where it rose.
  4. The temperature on the surface of Mercury amazingly exceeds 430 degrees C or almost 799 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and, at night, plummets to minus 180 degrees centigrade. It’s even hotter on Venus.
  5. Fact is if you were standing on Mercury, the Sun would appear 2.5 times larger than it appears from Earth.
  6. It’s amazing that Venus rotates so slowly that in a typical day lasts approximately 244 Earth days (5,856 hours).
  7. Venus spins in the opposite direction compared to earth . Amazingly the result is , Sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
  8. The planet Venus does not tilt, so consequently, it has no seasons. It is the only planet that rotates clock-wise.
  9. Amazingly Venus completes an entire orbit around the sun before it manages to turn on its axis once. This means that its day is actually longer than its year and in Venusian time, World War II ended only 56 days ago.
  10. The clouds on Venus are so thick that little light reaches the surface which is converted to heat and can not escape the atmosphere making Venus the hottest planet at around 500 Degrees Celsius.
  11. Fact is according to scientists, Gold exists on Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
  12. Mars has Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system, it stands amazing 21 km high and is 600 km across the base.
  13. The red color of Mars is due to oxidized (rusted) iron in its soil.
  14. In Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. Amazing fact is he did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.
  15. Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar system. It is amazingly so big that more than 1300 Earths could fit inside it.
  16. Not only is Jupiter’s mass 318 times the mass of the Earth, but it is also amazingly two and a half times the mass of all the planets in the entire Solar System.
  17. Fact is Jupiter , Saturn , Uranus & Neptune are just made up of gases with no hard surface to land on.
  18. The ‘Great Red Spot’ – a storm on Jupiter that has been going on for 300 years- is amazingly so big that three  Earths would fit into it.
  19. Jupiter has 63 moons. Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system. Ganymeade measures 5,268 km across, making it larger than the planet Mercury.
  20. It’s amazing that Jupiter has the fastest day completing one revolution in less than ten hours but it’s year is 12 earth years i.e. the time it takes to orbit the sun.
  21. Jupiter spins right round in less than 10 hours which means that the planet’s surface is moving at nearly 50,000 km/hr.
  22. Amazingly Saturn’s rings are 500000 miles in circumference but most of them are only about a foot thick. The Saturn rings are made up of millions of ice crystals, some as big as houses and others as small as specks of dust.
  23. Planet Saturn has density lesser than water. It will float if placed in water.
  24. Amazingly it is believed that Saturn’s moon Titan has hundreds of times more oil & natural gas than all the discovered earth reserves combined.
  25. On Saturn’s moon Titan , gravity is low enough and the atmosphere is thick enough that by attaching small wings to arms , one could fly like a bird.
  26. It’s amazing that winds ten times stronger than a hurricane on Earth swirl around Saturn’s equator reaching up to 1100 km/h – and they never let up, even for a moment.
  27. Uranus was the first planet discovered by telescope.
  28. Since Uranus takes 84 Earth years to go around the sun, this means that each of its poles is in daylight for 42 years and in darkness for the next 42.
  29. Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side like barrel .
  30. On Uranus, each pole gets around 42 years of continuous sunlight, followed by 42 years of darkness.
  31. Amazing fact is in summer in Uranus, the sun does not set for 20 years. In winter, darkness lasts for 20 years. In autumn, the sun rises and sets every 9 hours.
  32. Due to extreme pressure and temperature, It literally rains diamonds on Neptune & Uranus.
  33. On Neptune, the winds blow at 1,600 miles an hour, the temperature can drop to -201 Celsius (-330 Fahrenheit).
  34. Amazingly Neptune was the first planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics.
  35. One Neptune year lasts 165 Earth years.
  36. Neptune just completed its first orbit around the Sun since its discovery in 2011 since one year on Neptune is equal to almost 165 Earth years! Neptune was first discovered in 1846.
  37. Fact is Pluto has only made 1/3 rd of the revolution around the sun since it’s discovery.
  38. To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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