20 Amazing Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Solar System

Most people don’t usually find the time to think about the world outside of their lives, but the universe is a vast and magnificent place that is far more fascinating than most people ever dream of. There is so much more to know than just the names and order of the planets in our solar system – here are just a few things that you may or may not have known about your galactic neighborhood. Just remember, the universe is bigger than you could ever imagine, and it’s not centered around you.

Pluto – The Slow Poke

For Pluto to make a single orbit around the sun it takes approximately 248 years. That means that in the time that the satellite was discovered, named, and then demoted from being a full planet it has not yet made a full revolution around our home star.

Hottest Of Them All

It is easy to assume that Mercury has the highest temperatures in our solar system because it is closest to the sun; except that the planet has no atmosphere and therefore no manner of holding heat to itself. In fact, because of its incredibly thick atmosphere, Venus holds in heat quite easily, with its surface temperature staying at an average of 863 °F.