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The solar system was formed 4.6 billion years ago due to the gravitational collapse of a huge interstellar molecule cloud. Most of the system’s mass is in the Sun and most of the rest is in Jupiter. The four small inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are planets on earth, mainly composed of rocks and metals. The four outer planets are huge planets that are much larger than the Earth. The two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are gas...
Catch wind of this- Venus has it all when it comes to extreme weather conditions, and high temperatures, the atmosphere is literally crushing insane lightning storms and on top of all of that super powerful winds, space probes have been sent to Venus successfully since the 60s but due to the extreme weather can only gather data for a few minutes before having to leave the winds flow 50 times faster than the Earth rotates and it’s been found that...
The Planets Jupiter Jupiter is a gaseous planet made up of about 75% hydrogen and 24%helium. The largest planet in the solar system at 69,911 km radius, a diameter of 139,820 km, and a mass of 1.898 x 10^27kg Jupiter orbits the barycentre and not the sun as the sun lacks a gravitational effect on Jupiter. Jupiter is the only planet to not orbit around the sun Takes 11.8 years to complete its orbit Has the shortest day in the...
There are 9 planets in our solar system, here they are going in order from the closest to the sun, to the furthest away from the sun: The sun is made up of hydrogen and helium. The sun is like a giant fusion nuclear reactor. the suns temperature is 6000 degrees Celsius on the surface but the atmosphere around the sun is one million degrees Celsius and has solar winds that radiate out into space. Mercury is made up of...
Researchers from the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute published a paper that may explain the mysterious gap in the size of planets outside the solar system. Planets between 1.5 and 2 times the radius of the earth are extremely rare. This new study suggests that the reason may be that a slightly larger planet (called mini-Neptune) loses its atmosphere over time and gradually shrinks into a ‘super-Earth’ whose size is only slightly larger than our own planet...