While we enjoy an exotic environment on earth healthy enough to sustain life, other planets across the universe aren't lucky enough. From Mercury's unbearable heat to Jupiter's baseless texture, these planets witness a bizarre atmosphere you probably would not enjoy.
SATURN’S ICY MOON
Enceladus is one of Saturn’s moons. It’s also one of the brightest moons in our Solar System because it’s covered in freshwater ice, which reflects sunlight. Scientists are still learning about Enceladus and about Saturn. Astronomer William Herschel discovered the glowing moon, which measures 500 kilometers in diameter, in 1789. However, until the two Voyager missions flew past it during the 1980s, relatively little was known about it.
APOCALYPTIC GLASS STORMS
Unlike the other places on this list, it’s highly unlikely that scientists will ever send a spacecraft to this planet to collect data on its weather phenomena. The planet, simply titled HD 189733b, is located 63 light years away from Earth, and it would take a spacecraft centuries to get there.
BIPOLAR WEATHER ON MARS
With no thermal blanket and an atmosphere 100 times thinner than that of Earth, Mars hosts one of the most inhospitable climates in our Solar System. These conditions render the planet incapable of retaining heat energy, resulting in shockingly cold weather and drastic fluctuations in temperatures between night and day, as well as from one season to the next.
IO’S MISPLACED VOLCANOES
Hundreds of active volcanoes dot the landscape of Io, one of Jupiter’s many moons, making it the most volcanically active place in the Solar System. Some of the lava fountains from these highly-active volcanoes up to 250 miles into the sky.
21-YEAR SEASONS ON URANUS
Uranus holds the distinction of being the coldest planet in the Solar System, with temperatures dropping as low as minus 371 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also unique because its spin axis is tilted by 98 degrees, meaning it spins entirely on its side. As a result, the planet’s poles do not align with its magnetic field.
In 2011, NASA announced that a bizarre green rainshower had been observed over a burgeoning star called HOPS-68 some 1,350 light years away using their Spitzer Space Telescope. The crystal droplets were a mineral called olivine, which is often used here on Earth to make jewelry, and it was the first time they were observed in the collapsing clouds of dust that surround forming stars.
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