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  • ...that there is no widely accepted explanation for geographic features called Carolina bays, but that meteors may be the cause?
  • ...that the Oort cloud, a postulated spherical cloud of comets around the Sun, is thought to be the origin of comets in the Solar System?
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Portal:Solar System/Did you know/1 The original scalloped margin dome, known as "The Tick"

  • ...that although NASA originally thought that there was only one scalloped margin dome on the planet Venus (pictured), they have since discovered hundreds of them?

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Portal:Solar System/Did you know/3 Yogi Rock


Portal:Solar System/Did you know/4 Great Comet of 1577

  • ...that the passing of the Great Comet of 1577 (pictured) caused almost century-long debate, during which Galileo argued that comets were merely optical illusions?

Portal:Solar System/Did you know/5 Panther Mountain from Highmount


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  • ...that there is no widely accepted explanation for geographic features called Carolina bays, but that meteors may be the cause?
  • ...that the Oort cloud, a postulated spherical cloud of comets around the Sun, is thought to be the origin of comets in the Solar System?

Portal:Solar System/Did you know/13 Artist's conception of a manned mission on the surface of Mars


Portal:Solar System/Did you know/14 Rembrandt as seen by MESSENGER


Portal:Solar System/Did you know/15 Mars as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

  • ... that troilite, a form of pyrrhotite, is extremely rare on Earth but is abundant on Mars (pictured)?

Archive[edit]

Solar System portal "Did you know" archive
Note: Newer facts added at top of most relevant section.

Sun[edit]

Mercury[edit]

Venus[edit]

The original scalloped margin dome, known as "The Tick"

  • ...that although NASA originally thought that there was only one scalloped margin dome on the planet Venus (pictured), they have since discovered hundreds of them?

Earth[edit]

Moon[edit]

Mars[edit]

Mars as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

Artist's conception of a manned mission on the surface of Mars

Yogi Rock

Jupiter[edit]

Saturn[edit]

Uranus[edit]

Neptune[edit]

Pluto[edit]

Solar System[edit]

General topics and small bodies

Great Comet of 1577

  • ...that the passing of the Great Comet of 1577 (pictured) caused almost century-long debate, during which Galileo argued that comets were merely optical illusions?

Panther Mountain from Highmount

  • ...that there is no widely accepted explanation for geographic features called Carolina bays, but that meteors may be the cause?
  • ...that the Oort cloud, a postulated spherical cloud of comets around the Sun, is thought to be the origin of comets in the Solar System?

Solar System portal "Did you know" archive
Note: Newer facts added at top of most relevant section.

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