Display for yourself 12 round things of the solar system with relevant written fact areas, as well as the expected calendar date-day areas.
For home or office. It works at both. Maybe print it really nicely and then use it to enhance a Christmas present, gifting it to friends or family. It works at both.
Download it here:
It’ll take a few minutes as it’s a print ready CMYK PDF…around 70 megabytes. n.b. the space backgrounds will print totally black, even though they look grey in the images.
Now we’re beyond the planetary solar system and into something else entirely, what is known as trans-Neptunian space, that is anything that is further away than Neptune on average. The main thing of this part of the solar system is the Kuiper Belt, which is a bunch of junk created during the formation of the solar system that Neptune has apparently swept into a neat big doughnut. Some of the objects from the Kuiper Belt and beyond have crazy orbits so listing the miles things are after another thing is even stupider than it was for the planets.
843 million miles after Triton is:
Orcus can be called the anti-Pluto. This is because its orbit is like Pluto’s in a mirror and it also has a cosy moon like Pluto does. Orcus is icy and the ice is in crystals which are probably from past ice volcanoes. Currently it is hard to know very much about the objects in this part of the solar system because they are so far away and no vehicle has yet had a look at them up close (the hubble pictures of these things are just bunches of pixels) and so it is also hard to know whether these things are round enough to even be looking at at all. Orcus probably is though, it’s nice.
Back again. Last time we were with big fat Saturn with all the moons. This time we’re going to finish off the proper planets and then we can be nearly done with all this. The proper planets do not include Pluto. It genuinely isn’t really a proper planet 🙁
765 million miles after Iapetus is:
Uranus (the planet with the name) is sometimes called an ice giant, along with Neptune, because it is full up of different ices and it has the coldest atmospheric temperature of the planets at -224.2°C. However, because it is massive, the middle is a hot sea of water, ammonia and methane and possibly because it is crazy pressurised the methane might break up into carbon that turns into diamonds that sink and melt and form a bottom ocean of liquid diamond with diamond-bergs floating on it. Uranus has a bunch of rings but it’s not Saturn so who cares.
Apologies, we’ve been a while hanging out near Jupiter, here in space. I’m finally ready to get a move on though and deliver us to everybody’s favourite planet, which is of course:
400 million miles after Callisto is:
Saturn is the ring-ed delight of the solar system and a big mess. Like Jupiter it is mostly gassy and like Jupiter it squashes hydrogen into a metal. Like Jupiter it probably makes diamonds from its carbon after its methane has been turned into carbon by lightning. Carbon would fall and get squashed into diamonds and then melt away in a display that would then inspire a Unilever sponsored contemporary installation for the turbine hall. The rings are over one hundred and fifty thousand miles wide and they are twenty metres thick. They are made of ice. It should really be one nice solid neat ring like what’s on the packet of che-he-heese and onion ringos or party rings but moons spoil it. There is a storm shaped like a hexagon at the top of Saturn that is as big as the Earth.