Planets – All Things Bright and Beautiful
When basic education textbooks are consulted, you may find varying information about the total number of planets in the universe. Currently, there are nine – eight planets plus Pluto, which is a dwarf planet. Here are some interesting things about these planets:
- Mercury. Imagine being inside the oven. That is how it feels for about fifty days in this planet. This period of time is called long daytime. The long night is just about the same length and in this period, it feels even colder than the temperature in a freezer. As it is the closest planet to the sun, you can only see the sun during the sunset or during the sunrise if you are in Mercury.
- Venus. Even though Mercury is the nearest planet to the sun, Venus is considered asthe hottest planet because of its clouds made of sulfuric acid andmostly carbon dioxide atmosphere.
- Earth. Home sweet home – as of the moment, it is known as the only planet that supports life.
- Mars. Mars is dubbed as the red planet and it looks similar to earth. It has a thin atmosphere and its surfaces are rocky and dry.
- Jupiter. The gas giant planetis the solar system’s biggest planet. It doubles the heat that it catches from the sun and radiates it.
- Saturn. It is one of the most beautiful planets in the solar system with its rings of ice chunks in different sizes.
- Uranus. Uranus is also known as the ice planet. The methane in its atmosphere absorbs red light and gives the planet a blue color.
- Neptune. Similar to Uranus, it also contains methane in its atmosphere. The only difference is that it is known as the giant ice planet which is invisible to the naked eye.
- Pluto. This minor planet which was named after a Roman god it is also listed as an asteroid.