Sun is main source of heat energy not only for The Earth but to all planets and heavenly bodies of our Solar system. It's a common concept that that the remoteness from the Sun decides the temperature of planets and moons. But below mentioned list might not agree with that and you may be surprised to know that the Most Coldest thing in our solar system is not Paluto.
Actually many factors determine the temperature of a planet or moon in our solar system. Atmosphere, Physique, Geological features and many others.
Mars Polar Ice Caps:
|Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS|
When humans will start inhabiting Mars someday, Santa Claus can effortlessly set up shop on our red next-door neighbour. Mars has two polar ice caps—a northern and southern one—that develop and shrink subject to the season. During the wintertime, the poles get completely no sun, and the subsequent drop in temperature freezes both water into ice and carbon dioxide into “dry ice.” Kris Kringle will be glad to see that the north polar cap is the larger of the two poles, covering approximately 685 miles throughout its winter season.
Temperature: -238 F
|Image Credits: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA|
Temperature: -330 F
|Image Credits: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/LPGNantes|
Temperature: -291 F
|Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute|
Temperature: Between -256 and -364 F
|Image Credits: NASA/JPL/Universities Space Research Association/Lunar & Planetary Institute|
The biggest of Neptune’s 13 moons, “Triton” is one of the coldest things in our solar system. Also has icy volcanoes, the moon’s exterior belches out a combination of liquid nitrogen, methane, and dust, all of which freeze instantaneously in the air. The snowflakes then snow back down to Triton’s surface, which typically comprise of frozen nitrogen. An almost non-existent atmosphere doesn't aid to control the freezing temperatures.
Temperature: -391 F
|Image Credits: NASA/JPL|
At an enormous 3.6 billion miles from the sun, Pluto is one of the coldest huge bodies in the solar system. The small dwarf planet practices a wide range of cold temperatures because to its elliptical orbit, changing between -375 and -400 degrees Fahrenheit. But, it lost its award of “Coldest Planet” when it was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006.
Ironically, the coldest identified place in our solar system is much nearer to home than you might think. Defeating even Pluto, the Moon is home to the iciest perpetual temperature: -400 degrees Fahrenheit. In 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter discovered that temperatures in some of the Moon’s basins extremely low, as the craters’ large borders block sunlight from reaching their centres. It absolutely gets cold there in that shadow.
|Image Credits: NASA/Sean Smith|
Source: Popular Science
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