The Zhuno Blog Space Series
I have started a series of blogs on the solar system and its planets and moons. It has been done to death, but I need something to do. I will learn something in the process. I am not really bothered if anyone reads it or not but, you never know... someone might.
As with most blogs on this site, I am really just rambling. Seeing as I talk to myself all the time it seems fitting that I should be the only one reading the blog. If you are bored enough that you are reading this too, then great!
I will start this journey at the sun! I will then travel to the nearest planet, Mercury, and then carry on in that vein. I will do this until I am dead, or get too bored (or both).
Amazing App for Anyone Who Loves the Solar System
Obviously NASA is one of the main sources for great info regarding the solar system. Wikipedia is very detailed too, but NASA has an amazing app:
I just love it. For those that do not already realize the sheer size of our local space, it will at least educate them.
What is great is that everything is marked so you are not just looking at blank space with tiny dots. Space is obvious insanely big. You cannot easily make a scale model with things like ball bearings for Earth and Mars. You would be using football/ soccer pitch type areas for scale.
Which Planets can you See?
You can see all planets in the night sky (at various times, rarely all together!) but this is because of light from the sun. In fact, except for Neptune and Uranus, you can see them with the naked eye. Neptune and Uranus would need at least binoculars. A lot of the time you would not see them.
List of Key Points about the Solar System
- Solar system officially refers to the “star system” within which all OUR planets and “the Sun” exist.
- Some people may refer to other star systems as “solar systems”. This is generally false, although most of the time when people make the mistake, it is usually possible to know what they are prattling on about.
- “The” SUN is ours, although you will find people who refer to “other suns”. Yes, generally speaking (again) we know what they are on about but, they should be called stars. In other words: our sun is a star.
- The solar system does indeed have 8 planets in it (don't forget earth!) Some objects, that are not moons, are actually referred to as dwarf planets.
- Four of the planets you could theoretically land on; these are: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
- You cannot technically land on Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune or Uranus. What you are seeing is gas clouds when you look at the sphere of those planets.
- We often refer to our moon as “the moon”. It is just convention, and the other moons on other planets are officially called moons. Although you may see the term “satellite”, one problem is that we usually refer to man-made orbiting devices as satellites.