Tour of Solar System #2

Tour of Solar System #2

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  • And here we have a big ball of chee- I mean the moon. Our moon is in synchronous rotation with the Earth, which means the same side is always facing it, which is the reason we don't know what the "dark" side of the moon looks like. Another interesting fact about the moon is that it is slowly moving away from the Earth. The moon has three different types of landscapes, the maria or the big dark spots, the highlands, the big light spots, and craters, the giant holes. The moon affects the Earth because it causes the tides.
  • This is Mars, named after the Roman god of War. Mars' atmosphere is the closest to Earth making it possible for us to survive there. Mars is also home to the biggest mountain in the solar system.
  • Here is Ceres, the closest dwarf planet to the sun, being in the asteroid belt. It has a diameter of only 950 km. There are a lot of weird things about Ceres, like how there is a mysterious white spot on it , and every second, Ceres loses 6 kg of it's mass in steam.
  • It's hard to miss this one, considering it's the biggest planet int he solar system! This is Jupiter, the gas giant. It's called this because it is mainly made up of hydrogen and helium. Another interesting fact is that it completes a full rotation about every 10 minutes, making it have the shortest days out of all of the planets.
  • Here we have Saturn, the ringed planet. Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system, and has the most rings of all the planets (not like it has much competition) having 7 large groups of thousands of rings. One cool fact is that Saturn is the flattest planet because it's polar diameter is 90% of its equatorial diameter.
  • Here we have the ice giant planet, Uranus. This planet is very unique, with a mantle and core that both have ice in them, along with the methane ice crystals in it's atmosphere. Being this cold, Uranus has reached the coldest temperature of all the planets, reaching -224°C. It also has 13 known, very faint rings, discovered in 1977.
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