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Planet Mercury Facts: Exploring the Solar System’s Smallest Planet

Sitting in the solar system’s inner rings, nearly hidden in our Sun’s glare, is planet Mercury. And, being the solar system’s smallest planet, tiny Mercury holds loads of fascinating secrets! Let’s explore some planet Mercury facts! SOLAR SYSTEM TITLE: SMALLEST PLANET! QUICK FACTS: DISTANCE FROM SUN: 35.98 million miles DIAMETER: 3,032 miles HOTTEST TEMPERATURE: 798º F COLDEST TEMPERTURE: -292º F MOONS: 0 Planet Mercury Facts: Mercury’s name  In Greek and Roman mythology, Mercury (aka Hermes) was the messenger of the Gods. In fact, often depicted with…

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What is the Hottest Planet in the solar system? A Surprising Answer!

What is the Hottest Planet in the solar system? A Surprising Answer! What is the hottest planet? Naturally, whatever planet lies closest to the Sun should have the highest temperatures, right? Therefore, shouldn’t Mercury be the warmest in the solar system? Actually, Venus, second planet from the Sun is by far the hottest planet. Why is Venus the hottest planet in the solar system? Indeed, being close to the Sun (67 million miles) is partially to blame for Venus’ burning…

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What is the Coldest Planet in the Solar System? A Chilling Surprise!

What is the Coldest Planet in the Solar System? A Chilling Surprise! Indeed, even our own cosmic backyard, the solar system is full of surprises! In fact, if you read our article, What is the Hottest Planet?, you likely received a truly unexpected answer. Well, then what is the coldest planet? Simply put,Neptune is, by far the most distant planet form the Sun, isn’t it? And, the further a planet lies from the Sun, the cooler the weather, right? Actually,…

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Top 10 Kuiper Belt Facts: Our Solar System’s Fascinating Icy Belt

Kuiper Belt Facts #10: The Kuiper Belt is WAY out there The Kuiper Belt lies beyond the orbit of Neptune in our solar system. In fact, the icy belt extends from 30 to 55 astronomical units out from the Sun. In other words, that’s 2.8 – 5.1 billion miles out! Kuiper Belt Facts #9: Predicted, then discovered Like many things in science, the Kuiper Belt was first predicted by Gerard Kuiper in 1951. Only later, in 1992 did a team…

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Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Equipped with truly magnificent technology, mankind has discovered, explored and even physically touched some breathtaking sights among our vast cosmos. In fact, with widely accessible images from Hubble and several successful missions, it sometimes feels as though we’ve “been there, done that.” However, we’ve barely experienced our own solar system, let alone our Milky Way galaxy or beyond. Let’s start right at home with Solar System Distances Explained! Quick intro/info Firstly, let’s establish some very basic information, like our speed…

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Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 02: Venus

Venus, winner of solar system’s hottest planet! But, how can this be if it’s farther from our Sun than Mercury? Actually, answers lie in its deadly atmosphere! Indeed, this planet is one massive greenhouse, trapping heat and creating the most violent environments known to man! Not to mention, this planet’s calendar is downright whacky! Often deemed Earth’s “twin sister,” learn all about this hostile world’s temperatures, history, atmosphere, layers and more in episode 02 of Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System! Explore the solar system’s…

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Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Equipped with truly magnificent technology, mankind has discovered, explored and even physically touched some breathtaking sights among our vast cosmos. In fact, with widely accessible images from Hubble and several successful missions, it sometimes feels as though we’ve “been there, done that.” However, we’ve barely experienced our own solar system, let alone our Milky Way galaxy or beyond. Let’s start right at home with Solar System Distances Explained! Quick intro/info Firstly, let’s establish some very basic information, like our speed…

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Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 01: Mercury

  Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 01: Mercury Mercury is our solar system’s smallest planet, now that Pluto is officially demoted to dwarf planet. Plus, tucked away, hidden by the Sun’s nearby light, it’s easy to forget the little guy! Nevertheless, it’s host some of the most hostile environments, and hides some of the solar system’s most fascinating secrets! Surprisingly, you’ll learn that even a mere 36 million miles from the Sun, Mercury is not the hottest planet. However, it…

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10 Amazing Solar System Facts to Blow Your Mind

10 Amazing Solar System Facts to Blow Your Mind Indeed, it’s thrilling to imagine what might exist billions of nuclear fusion may have kicked off inside of Jupiter. And, this is the same nuclear-energy-making process occurring in our Sun’s, and all stars’ core. Fortunately, we’ve dodged a bullet, as two Suns would be genuinely horrific. In fact, double stars would have meant humans never existed on Earth! 9. The world is currently searching for a new ninth planet in our…

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Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 04: Mars

Often times, Mars is considered “Earth’s neighbor,” or just another rocky twin of our home world. However, Astronimate shows you just how different Mars and Earth truly are in episode 04 of Two Minute Solar System: Mars! While we could blabber on about the red planet for hours (or, days), we will compare Earth and Mars. Indeed, in the statistics is where we see that Mars is actually a bare and hostile desert! Learn all about a Martian day and…

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