One star and nine planets may seem like the typical cluster of objects that make up a solar system, but nothing in the cosmos is without its strangeness. Here is a list of some of the more recognizable objects in the night sky with some of the facts that make them unique.
Sun – A massive ball of ionized gas that took our planet’s place as the center of our solar system in 1543.
Mercury – The closest planet to the Sun. As its name suggests, Mercury is primarily made up of poisonous, liquid metal.
Venus – By far the hottest planet in our solar system, Venus gets hit on more frequently than any other celestial body.
Earth – The only planet that still has religions.
Moon – The Earth’s natural satellite. To this day scientists have no idea how it got there, though the most widely accepted theory is werewolves.
Mars – Mars is a shy planet, often embarrassed by its red bumpy surface. It’s tried everything from Proactive to alcohol wipes but nothing seems to do the trick.
Asteroid Belt – Located between Mars and Jupiter, the odds of successful navigating it are 3,720 to 1.
Jupiter – The largest planet in our solar system. It has a “Great Red Spot” where some wine spilled about 600 million years ago.
Galilean Moons – Four planet-sized moons that orbit Jupiter, each possessing unique geological properties. Their names are Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo.
Saturn – Also known as the “Mob Wife” planet for its extravagant and unnecessary rings, Saturn makes one revolution around the Sun every Saturday.
Uranus – Uranus has 27 moons.
Neptune – Either the seventh or eighth planet, Neptune spends as much time in space as it does in the ocean.
Pluto – Planet when it needs to be, player when it wants to be.
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