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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

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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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

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How many miles away is Neptune from Earth?

Neptune is often considered to be an unknown entity. Whilst we have made massive strides towards understanding the planet in the past few decades, as of 2021 there’s still only been one space probe that’s directly explored the planet – and that was more than 20 years ago (Voyager 2). One of the main reasons … Read more

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Why is Mercury difficult for us to see?

Mercury is the first planet from the Sun, and one of the closest planets to us on Earth. This is especially true if you compare it to the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, which are much further out from the Sun. However, even though Mercury is relatively close to us, it can still be very … Read more

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How hot is the surface of Mercury?

The planet Mercury is so close to the Sun that you’d assume it’s the hottest planet in our entire solar system. The truth is that actually it isn’t though it’s still pretty hot in comparison to the other planets that orbit around the Sun. We already know that Mercury is the fastest planet in our … Read more