Our solar system is full of attractions: some of which have already been made clear and some of which are still surprising scientists. Here are a few interesting facts about the solar system and the planets that exist within it:
Most comets are discovered by monitoring the Sun.
Previously, tracking comets was the activity of amateur astronomers, who spent the whole nights watching the sky. However, everything changed in 1995, when space observatory SOHO was launched into the space. Although the primary purpose of the mission was to track the sun, there was discovered more than 2,400 comets, which mostly fly very close to the sun.
There could be a life in the Solar System
So far, the researchers did not find evidence of life in other Solar System’s places. But more and more we learn about the “extreme” microbes that are able to survive underwater volcanoes or extremely cold environment, the bigger is the chance of finding life on other planets. Microbe presence on Mars is so likely that scientists take special protection and sterilize the spacecraft. Scientists also believe that there could be such a microbes in Jupiter satellite’s oceans and under the ice of Saturn’s Enceladus.
Solar System is full of rings
When the telescope was invented in 17th century, scientists discovered the rings of Saturn. However, it took even more spacecraft and much more powerful telescopes to make more discoveries about the rings. Now we know that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune has the rings. However, it appears that the rings are not specific to the planets. For example, in 2014, astronomers determined that the asteroid Chariklia is also surrounded by rings. Why such a small cosmic body has rings remains a mystery, but one theory is that they formed of decomposed fragments of the satellite.
Neptune emits more heat than it receives from the Sun.
Neptune is very far away from the Earth and scientists wants to send another one of their spacecraft to observe the planet. Perhaps the new mission would help to solve several mysteries of this planet. For example, why the blue planet emits more heat than it receives, which is very strange, because Neptune is very far away from the sun.
Pluto has mountains
Pluto is a tiny planet on the edge of the solar system. Therefore, scientists initially thought that the dwarf planet’s landscape is fairly same. The opinion has changed after the New Horizons space probe mission in 2015, when sent photos changed approach on Pluto. It was found out that Pluto has a 3300 meters high ice mountains, which shows that Pluto was a geologically active planet over the past 100 million years. However, geological activity requires energy, which source on Pluto is still a mystery. The Sun is too far away from Pluto that it could generate enough energy from the star and there is no other energy sources around the dwarf planet.
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