The solar system is humongous, and it contains numerous wonders that are hard to ignore. Space, in general, has not been completely explored as yet mainly because humans have limited resources at the moment. The future looks promising, though. Science cannot be stopped and is advancing day by day.
Some of the facts that scientists report or speculate about are quite intimidating, but they do exist in reality. For example, scientists believe that 95% of the universe is made up of dark matter and energy.
We have been learning about the solar system since childhood. However, we do not know what sort of wonders it truly holds as only a handful have been discovered as yet.
We have accumulated seven wonders of the solar system that you probably did not know about:
Utopia Planitia is located in Mars. For those who do not have any idea about the martian geography, Utopia Planitia is humongous. It is a 3300 km diameter basin that was developed by an impact early in Mars’ history. It covers most of the northern plains in Mars. We do know that there’s a thin sheet of ice covering that particular surface. Hence, scientists speculate that there was once water on the red planet, and the aforementioned claim makes it a habitable zone for humans. It also means that we now have a flat surface to land, but more information is required in order to get accurate calculations.
Enceladus; home of icy geysers:
Saturn’s second-largest moon, Enceladus, is covered with thick ice. It also has a massive subsurface ocean of liquid water which is estimated to be at least 10 km deep. Humans require multiple things to survive, and water is one of them. Hence, this could be one of the habitable planets in our solar system after Earth. The ground, however, is full of magnificent geysers that erupt from the cracks and hurl plumes into space. The entire planet looks stunning, to be honest.
The red spot:
The prominent red spot on Jupiter is said to be several hundred years old. The red spot is an anticyclonic storm which rotates counter-clockwise. The spot itself is approximately 1.3 times as wide as planet Earth. The scientists do not know what caused it, but we do know that it is not as massive as it was before. It is gradually shrinking and will one day vanish.
People from all walks of life observe a solar eclipse with enthusiasm. However, none of the planets can give you a complete look. It can only be seen from the Earth. The particular event occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. The lunar disk completely covers the Sun, leaving only its outer part exposed. It ends up creating a fiery ring in the sky.
Jupiter’s second-largest moon; Callisto:
The second-largest moon of Jupiter is known as Callisto. It has the most heavily cratered surface. The scientists initially thought that the planet was geologically dead, but the opinion changed in 2001 when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passed 85 miles above the planet. Scientists noticed that the planet was full of massive ice-covered spires. The experts suggest that the spires were likely formed by the impact of meteorites.
The tallest mountain on Vesta:
Vesta is an asteroid and is home to our solar system’s tallest and largest mountain. Located inside an impact crater called Rheasilvia, this 14-mile-high mountain could easily fit two piled Mount Everests. This humongous mountain is approximately 1 billion years old. It is believed that the Earth’s rocks are originated from Vesta.
Saturn’s rings are approximately 240,000 miles wide are made up of 99.9% ice, dust and rock. Moreover, it is believed that the rings are extremely thin and are quite old, dating back to the creation of the planet itself 4.5 billion years ago.