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What color is the planet Jupiter?

Over the years, Jupiter has been depicted as many different colors. And like all of the other planets, it’s often been depicted as the completely wrong color to the reality of what it is. There’s definitely been depictions of the planet being red, brown, white, yellow and even blue depending on the circumstance. But what … Read more

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Why can’t we live on Jupiter?

We all know Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, and it’s the next planet you come to when you pass Mars. With all the talk and speculation about astronomers travelling to Mars within the next decade or so, people are often left wondering; why Mars? It’s smaller than our planet at the … Read more

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How many miles away is Saturn from Earth?

All the talk in the media over the past few years has been about Mars, and historically, humans have only landed on the moon. Whilst we haven’t been further than this ourselves, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts have been past the Jovian planets, including Saturn. But just how long did it take them to … Read more

How many moons does Saturn have?

The amount of moons that the Jovian planets have can be difficult to keep count of. Obviously, our planet only has one moon, and the closest planet to us Mars only has two. But when you go past Mars, the amount of moons each planet has changes drastically. Jupiter and Saturn are often said to … Read more

What is Saturn’s surface temperature?

The planet Saturn is known for being the second biggest of the planets in our solar system, as well as having the most moons too (it wasn’t always that way, but 20 new moons were discovered orbiting Saturn in recent years). But something that isn’t talked about as much is the composition of the planet, … Read more

How big is Saturn compared to Earth?

When it comes to unknowns, the Jovian planets still have a lot about them that we’re not quite sure on. Saturn is one of the biggest planets in the solar system, though it’s not quite the biggest. Despite this, in comparison to Earth is so much bigger that it would be difficult to comprehend. So, … Read more

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How long does it take Saturn to revolve around the Sun?

As one of the Jovian planets, Saturn isn’t quite as large as its bigger brother Jupiter. However, it is quite a way further out from Earth, which means it can be difficult to see in the night sky, even with a telescope. So, we know that Saturn is quite a way further out than Earth, … Read more

Why do Uranus and Neptune appear blue?

Both Uranus and Neptune remain to be fairly unknown in comparison to the nearer terrestrial planets, and we struggle to see them with a telescope. Whilst you may occasionally be able to spot Uranus in the night sky, it’s difficult as it’s so far away and it’s not the brightest planet either – and don’t … Read more

What are the similarities between Uranus and Neptune?

Uranus and Neptune are the two furthest planets from the Sun, and they’re often lumped in together with each other, much like Jupiter and Saturn are. And the main reasons for this is that there are a lot of similarities between the two planets, as they’re more alike than they are different. This is probably … Read more

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How many miles away is Uranus from Earth?

As one of the furthest planets from the Sun, mysterious Uranus still has a lot of unanswered questions about it. Due to the large distance between us and the planet, it’s not exactly the most accessible for us to learn about. Fortunately, thanks to the Voyager 2 mission which passed Uranus in the mid 1980s, … Read more

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How big is Uranus compared to Earth?

If you’re wondering how big Uranus is compared to the other planets in the solar system, then you’re not alone. As one of the furthest planets out from the Sun and an object we still know little about in comparison to the terrestrial planets, Uranus still has a lot of questions that need to be … Read more

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Astronomical Twilight vs Civil Twilight vs Nautical Twilight

If you’re interested in astronomy, then you’ll likely have heard of twilight. It’s the time in the evening that occurs when the Sun has started to descend below the horizon. However, there are different names for twilight, including astronomical twilight, civil twilight and nautical twilight. But how do these twilights differ to one another? Well, … Read more

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How long does it take Uranus to revolve around the Sun?

Uranus is one of the furthest planets out from the Sun, with only Neptune having a greater distance from the center of our solar system. But the truth is that people probably don’t know just how far Uranus is in comparison to Earth, Mars and all of the terrestrial planets, which are all relatively close … Read more

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After the sun sets, how long does it take to get dark?

After the sun begins to set, you always want to know just how much time you have before it really gets dark. Whether you’ve left the dog at home alone, or you’re wondering how long you’ll have to wait before you can get a good look at the night sky, it’s a good idea to … Read more

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What is Retrograde Orbit & Rotation? | Explained

If you’re looking to learn more about the way satellites orbit in our solar system, then you’ll need to learn about retrograde orbit and retrograde rotation. It is one of the most intriguing parts of our universe, and astronomers still don’t have a conclusive answer as to why objects rotate in this fashion. But what … Read more

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What do astronomers mean by light pollution?

There are many different terms that astronomers use in relation to astronomy, and some of them can be confusing. One term that we use a lot is light pollution, which is typically considered as a bad thing when you’re trying to get a good view of the night sky. Even the brightest stars in the … Read more

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How big is Neptune compared to Earth?

We all know that Earth isn’t the biggest planet in the solar system, but in comparison to those pretty close to it, it’s the largest of the terrestrial planets. But when you venture out past the Asteroid belt, which runs between Mars and Jupiter, the planets get much, much bigger. The furthest planet from the … Read more

Will Mercury crash into the Sun one day?

A common question amongst astronomers is the long term fate amongst some of our planets. Of course, our greatest concern is for our planet Earth, as there are those that say our planet will meet it’s demise in the distant future. However, between us and the Sun are two other planets, Venus and the planet … Read more