Wonders of the Solar System
Astronomy Magazine proposed seven wonders of the solar
system. Although there are many wonders in our local neighborhood
of the sun, there is no doubt this list is a intriguing collection
of astronomical marvels.
Rings of Saturn - Of
all the wonders of the solar system, none are quite as amazing
as the rings of Saturn. Saturn, the second largest planet in our
solar system, is not the only world with rings - Jupiter, Uranus
and Neptune have some too - but Saturn's are by far the most visible
Surface of the Sun -
The sun is the heart of the solar system and almost all life on
earth gets its energy from the radiation coming from its 10,000
- The planet
that never was: Sometimes finding something missing can be as
intriguing as discovering something that's there.
- A liquid ocean in the strangest place, a moon orbiting the planet
Saturn, may harbor the only life in our solar system outside of
Mons: The Mega-Volcano
- In 2013 scientists announced a startling discovery: At the bottom
of the Pacific Ocean they had discovered a gigantic volcano. This
inactive behemoth rises 2 miles up from the ocean floor and has
a base about 400 miles wide. As massive as this volcano is, however,
it is only the second largest one in our solar system. That particular
accolade belongs to Olympus Mons on the planet Mars.
Great Red Spot of Jupiter - Long the most well-known feature
of our solar system's biggest planet, what is this gigantic, crimson
oval and is it about to disappear?
The Oceans of Earth - Of all the acknowledged worlds both
in our solar system and circling distant stars, Earth is the only
planet known to have liquid oceans of water on its surface. And
it's probably no coincidence, either, that our world is the only
planet we know of that also harbors life.
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