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Friday, May 16, 2014

Guest Planet Post...

Today I would like to welcome a guest blogger +Abby Murphy. She was kind enough to write a blog post for us about one of her favorite subjects the solar system!

Mercury: 
-hardly larger than Earth's moon
-greatest temperature extremes of any planet
-one rotation takes 59 Earth days therefore, one night lasts 3 months and then a 3 month long day


Venus: 

-named for the goddess of love and beauty
-orbits the sun in nearly a perfect circle

-closest to Earth in size, density, mass, and placement in the solar system
-covered in thick clouds that visible light can't enter


Earth: (Do I really need to write this one down?)
-Only known source of life in the solar system
-You probably live here-Supports many species of life

Mars: 
-known as "The Red Planet"
-evidence has been acquired that there was potentially water there
-has the largest volcano in the (known) universe, Olympus Mons, which is the size of Ohioand 23 km high-over 2 1/2 times higher than Mt. Everest!


Jupiter: 
-has a mass that is 2 1/2 times the mass of all the other planets and moons combined!!!
-even though it is so big, it is only 1/800 as massive as the sun-has 63 moons
(Robert's Note: Also Has/Had a Big Red Spot that is a storm for more info on that Click Here!

Saturn: 
-a popular favorite planet (of people I've asked) Not Really a Fact 


-named after the roman god of agriculture
-has a very active atmosphere with winds roaring up to 1500 km per hour(932 mi)

Uranus: 
-has an axis of rotation that is nearly parallel with its plane of orbit (it basically rolls like a ball instead of spinning like a top)
-nicknamed "The Sideways Planet"
-originally named Georgium Sidu, which means George's Star


Neptune: 
-has an Earth size blemish called The Great Dark Spot that is thought to be a large storm
-has the lowest surface temperature yet measured on any body in the solar system; 200 degrees Celsius (328 degrees Fahrenheit!)
-about five years after The Great Dark Spot was discovered, it vanished, and was replaced by a dark spot in the planet's northern hemisphere 

Again Special Thanks to +Abby Murphy for giving us these planet facts and I just have one question;

Y U No Include Pluto?