What Is Up There? II
What do you know about our solar system, that is? I suppose you can read all about it either from the internet or go old-school and open a corporeal book. One wonderful thing about the solar system (And space in general, but we'll get to that another time) is that it's unfathomably strange. How strange you ask? Well, I gathered a few of the following facts to demonstrate:
- Our solar system is nearly 5 billion years old, has 8 planets, more than a 170 moons.
- The sun constitutes of 99.86% of the system's total mass.
- Scientists have found more than 90,000 stroieds orbiting in the astroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, a larger number of them are irregularly shaped.
- As of 2008 there are five dwarf plants: Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea,
- The moon drifts further away from Earth every year in about 3.8 cm. As a result, the Earth is slowing in rotation by ~0.002 seconds per day per century
- No one doesn't actually know how was the moon created. The generally accepted theory suggest that a large object, perhaps the size of Mars, had hit Earth. The debries have become the moon.
- The Sun, our Sun that is, loses up to a billion kilograms per second. This is cause by solar winds, which are charged particles ejected from the upper surface of the sun. This process is not well understood at this time.
- The Earth has at least three other plantoids, or rather - asteroids, that have a strange relationship with Earth. They seem to orbit eliptically around the sun at virtually identical perdios, as if following each other. They are at times refered to as secondary moons of Earth. One of them is Cruithne.
- Jupiter's magnetic field is so massive and strong that it charges the Earth's magnetic field with billions of watts daily.
- A happy thought: all heavey matels, such as iron, calcium and carbon, were made in supernovas. These are found in our bodies, which makes us all a little celestial.