25 Heavenly Facts About Our Solar System Everyone Should Know

1Sun and Earth

Even though the sun won't die for another 5 billion years, humans only have about 1 billion years left on Earth as by then the sun will become hot enough to boil and evaporate our oceans.


Pluto is legally a planet in Illinois.

3Moon and earth

Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, meaning the same side is always facing the Earth.

4Minor planets

As of 2018, there are 516,386 numbered minor planets in our solar system, and 5 million more are expected to be found in the next 10 years.


Saturn has small orbiting bodies called moonlets which NASA has informally begun to name after kittens.


Pluto is one of the five dwarf planets in our solar system, and the name of one dwarf planet is "Makemake."


Not all moons are spherical. For example, Saturn has a moon named Pan that is shaped like a ravioli.

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Eris discovered in 2005, is more massive than Pluto and would have qualified as the 10th planet in the solar system until its discovery prompted the International Astronomical Union to formally define 'planet' with a size cutoff that also excluded Pluto.

94 Vesta

4 Vesta is a minor planet located in the asteroid belt. It accounts for 9% of the total mass in the asteroid belt and has the tallest mountain in the solar system. Its Rheasilvia impact crater is 19 km (11.8 miles) deep with a central peak 23km (14.3 miles) above the surface of the crater.


If Earth stopped spinning suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the Earth's original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator. All of the land masses would be scoured clean of anything not attached to bedrock.

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