Did you know that just like on earth, there are also volcanos on other planets? You can find them all over the solar system, but not all of them are active. It is only on Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn that active volcanos can be found. But unlike earth, where volcanos are burning hot, in space volcanoes are actually cold and icy. Space volcanos can emit water, ammonia, and methane. When they erupt, they freeze and create “volcanic snow”. How cool is that? chilly.
The Hottest Planet
There’s a great chance you thought that the sun is the hottest planet in the solar system, but that’s not the case. So, you’d assume that Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, would be the hottest one, but you’d be wrong again. It is actually Venus that measures in at 842 degrees Fahrenheit. Venus is so hot that’s no possible way (that we know of) that life can be sustained on it.
Here on earth, diamonds are considered pretty rare, but did you know that that’s not the case on all planets? On both Saturn and Jupiter, when it rains, you can expect diamonds to fall from the sky, not water. But, if you were thinking about going on an expedition to one of these plants in order to collect diamonds, you’d be in for a big surprise. As the diamonds reach the planet’s core – they melt.
The Longest Valley
Did you know that the longest valley known to men isn’t even on earth? The Valles Marineris is a valley on Mars that is 2,500 miles long. This means that it is more than 10 times longer than Earth’s Grand Canyon, and that it is basically as long as the United States. Even though the The Valles Marineris is huge, it was not spotted until 1971. Better late than never.