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Amazing Facts about Solar System

12 Interesting Facts About Our Solar System

The entire universe has always been a mystery for us. The majority of universe is still way beyond our reach to get discovered. The absolute vastness of entire space, along with the trillions of objects in billions of galaxies of the universe is almost indecipherable to the human intellect.

We at FactWish, have collected some of the brilliant facts about Space/Universe. Lets get started.

1. Mercury is closest to sun, but not the hottest planet in Solar System. Infact, Venus is the hottest planet with an average surface temperature of around 450° C. Mercury does not have any atmosphere so it has large temperature fluctuation.

Mercury is not the hottest planet in Solar System

2. You cannot speak or talk in solar system. Sound travels through a medium. But, space is in vacuum, i.e. it does not have any medium. Thus astronauts communicate using radio waves that can travel in space.

You cannot speak or talk in solar system

3. There could be life on Mars. Traces left convey that there was a giant nuclear explosion which destroyed the surface of planet Mars. Hence, Mars is only planet near to us being hospitable to life.

There could be life on Mars

4. A single NASA Space suit costs nearly $12,000,000 in which majority of cost is covered by backpack and control module.

A single NASA Space suit costs nearly $12,000,000

5. Footprints of Astronauts on Moon will not vanish ever. The reason is that there is no wind and water to erode the surface on Moon.

Footprints of Astronauts on Moon will not vanish ever

6. In solar system outside Earth atmosphere, the skin on our feet peels off! The socks need to be taken off very gently. Otherwise, the dead skin cells will float around in the weightless space.

In solar system outside Earth atmosphere, the skin on our feet peels off

7. Moon was once a part of Earth. A giant object struck struck surface of Earth and this collision broke a piece of the Earth away to create the moon.

Moon was once a part of Earth

8. There is a bunch of floating water in solar system. Scientists have found a massive water vapor cloud which holds 140 trillion times the mass of water present in oceans on Earth.

There is a floating water in solar system

9. In the entire solar system consisting of 8 planets and various satellites along with dust particles, Sun comprises of 99.86% mass of the entire solar system.

Sun comprises of 99.86% mass of the entire solar system

10. The mass of Sun is 330,000 times that of Earth.

The mass of Sun is 330,000 times that of Earth

11. Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars is largest in our solar system with a height of 21 KM almost 3 times that of Earth.

Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars is largest in our solar system

12. The closest planet to sun, Mercury is continuously shrinking due to cooling of its core, even 4.5 billion years after the solar system was formed.

Mercury is continuously shrinking due to cooling of its core

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