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Frequently asked questions about the Solar system

How many planets in our solar system?

Our solar system consists of nine planets and one star – the Sun. We list the planets in order of distance from the Sun is mercury. Venus. Earth. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. Uranium. Neptune and Pluto. In order to remember which planet is farther from the Sun, and what is closer to him (the order of the planets) often use the English mnemonic: M y V ery E ducated M other J ust S erved U s N ine P izzas. If You have Russian analogue of such a mnemonic, then we are happy to publish it, putting in the authorship.

3. What is the shape of the Solar system?

The planets, asteroids and comets in the Solar System are loose particles left over from the formation of the Sun. Originally the gas and dust which would become the Sun was the core of a cloud much larger than the Solar System, probably several light years across; where 1 light year is equal to approximately 10,000,000,000,000 kilometers (or 6 trillion miles). Continue reading

The Solar system

In space you can find a lot of quaint places with abnormal high or low temperature. Or meet the largest meteorite, asteroid, the massive comet, the highest mountain, the Grand canyon and much more. On space records in the Solar system in this article and will be discussed.

Planet with maximum surface temperature

The highest temperature that was recorded on Solar system planets — 464 °C on the planet Venus . Due to the very thick atmosphere it holds heat from the sun and at night the temperature is almost constant day and night. Slightly lower was the recorded temperature on the planet mercury — 430 °C.

The lowest recorded temperature on the surface of the body

The largest planet

The largest planet in the Solar system — Jupiter . The diameter of our planet is almost 11 times, and the mass of the earth is approximately more than 317 times. It is a gas giant. which contains more matter than all other planets, their satellites, comets and asteroids combined. Continue reading

In 2016 will experience the ship for space tourists
In the second quarter of 2016 the American company XCOR plans to test the first of three versions of the new spacecraft, the Lynx Mk.1, designed for space travel tourists.…

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Planet in February 2016
In February, continuing a run of parade of the five planets - mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter lined up in the morning sky. In early February, their background will…

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