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Our Weird Solar System

Since the early 1990s, scientists manned with powerful telescopes have discovered close to 3,500 exoplanets and research suggests that every star has at least one planet.  So it appears that our solar system is not that special. Or are we?

It seems that mysteries abound in our solar system and out of thousands of other systems, none look quite like ours. For starters, the size of planets don’t vary in size in one system. From tiny Mercury to monstrous Jupiter, the planets in our system vary wildly.

In addition, other system have at least one Super Earth–an Earthlike planet with slightly more mass. There is no such object in our solar system. So our solar system has left us with an abundance of mysteries. Fortunately, we are starting to get to the bottom of them thanks to computer simulations. SciShow Space host Reid Reimers helps unravel the mystery.

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More Evidence of Planet 9

For more than a century, astronomers have searched the galaxy for a ninth planet, one they refer to as Planet 9, or a super Earth. Recent evidence suggests the planet lies beyond Neptune and is much larger than Earth. Problem is, it’s way out there–about 80 times farther from the Sun than Earth. SciShow Space host Reid Reimers fills in the details.

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The Mysteries Of Pluto

The success of the New Verizons Probe’s Pluto flyby has already provided us with more information about the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon, than in the past 85 years. “From what we’ve seen so far, at least one thing is for sure, we’re going to have to completely change the way we think about planetary geology,” says Reid Reimers. He divulges the details in this edition of SciShow Space.

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White Holes Rare But Possible

Black holes, where gravity becomes so intense that it overwhelms everything, are major forces in our universe. White holes, on the other hand, could be described as black holes in reverse, a virtual impossibility. But SciShow’s Reid Reimers says science has revealed that they are technically possible and, “We might have seen one.”

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