10 Wonders of the Solar System


5. The Peaks of Eternal Light

Even though the name is inaccurately termed, the Peaks of Eternal Light spotted on the moon orbiting the Earth are an absolutely stunning discovery. Back in the 19th century, a pair of astronauts were the first to discover this gloriously impressive spot, and this term was coined to refer to the certain points on this celestial object that were nearly soaked with sunlight.

NASA collected a detailed lunar topography report through its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that did not identify any such points located on the moon’s surface that were bathing in the light of the sun. However, it did manage to identify four peaks that shine under the sun’s light around 90% of the time.

Planetary scientists strongly believe that if the moon was to become a human colony in the future, the Peaks of Eternal Light are most likely to emerge as the very first human base camps to their beneficial abundance of sun light and solar energy.

The Peaks of Eternal Light

Since this spectacular light is only bestowed upon celestial objects within our solar system following a pattern of subtle axial shifts and areas with high altitude, scientists have reason to believe that Mercury is the only planet that experiences this light alongside the Earth’s moon.

6. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter

The Great Red Spot discovered on the surface of Jupiter is said to be thousands of years old, and it is basically an anti-cyclonic storm that is rotating counter-clockwise and happens to be around 1.3 times wider than the Earth. Astronomers are not entirely sure about who this Great Red Spot came into existence, however, one this is evident: it is fading away due to shrinkage.

The observations noted by astronauts and researchers back in the 19th century state that the Great Red Spot sprawls over nearly 35,000 miles, which is around 56,000 kilometers, and four times greater than the diameter of Earth. In 1979, when the Voyager 2 observed Jupiter, the Great Red Spot had shrunk to around twice the size of Earth.

Astronomers believe that over the next three decades, this wondrous storm of Jupiter is all set to vanish altogether. Experts claim that in 10 or 20 years, the spot will be reduced to a Great Red Circle, and soon after, it will only be a memory in the archives of NASA and planetary sciences.


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