The world is an ever-changing phenomenon that continues to surprise us throughout the ages. Just when we think there’s nothing to shock us, life has a way of turning it around. The planets we live near or are far away from can certainly alter with just the slightest conditions. Here are 6 interesting facts about planets that make us say “wow!”
It Could Be Raining Diamonds on Uranus and Neptunes
Diamonds are actually not too rare on Earth, but they hold tremendous value because of how long these things take to form. Not to mention, the cut and clarity also add some cash money to the sale. Apparently, Uranus and Neptunes have the right atmospheric conditions that diamonds may actually fall from the sky. Just imagine being a diamond tester having a field day with “off-planet” diamonds.
Small Planet, Ceres, Is Located Between Mars and Jupiter
Even though Ceres is a dwarf planet, it’s also the largest object in the Asteroid belt. Even with the small size, it holds roughly 25% of water (more than Earth). With its thin atmosphere and water content, there could be some microbial life present on the planet.
24 Planets Out There That May Be More Habitable Than Earth
There are thousands of planets out there, but the problem is they may not have the best conditions for human life. Out of those, there are actually 24 planets that are big, warm, and wet enough to sustain life. The unfortunate thing: they are light years ahead of us, and we don’t have the technology to take us there.
9th Planet Laying Far in the Cut
Yes, we may have a lurker. We have the Kuiper belt is a bit beyond our solar system. Astronomers have noticed that there’s some gravitational pull on some of the objects on this belt. It could very well be Planet X or Planet 9. The debate is up in the air.
Mercury Is Not the Hottest Planet in Our Solar System
While it is the closest one to the sun, Mercury isn’t blazing all the way through. Sure, the side facing the sun is scorching at 800 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the side opposite of the sun’s direction is -300 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature disparity is due to the planet not having an atmosphere for the heat to stick around.
Jupiter Has a Crazy Red Spot That Scorches the Atmosphere
Jupiter has a spot on the planet with a Great Red Spot that’s very loud to the point where it gives off turbulence that leads to creating acoustic waves and gravity waves. With the temperatures twice as hot in this one spot as the rest of the planet, it’s not surprising.