Top 10 Solar System facts Selected as the most interesting among Solar System related questions in Solar System quiz This is the aurora of Jupiter. What are the visible bright spots caused by?Jupiter moons. Jupiter's moons, especially Io (spot on the left), are powerful sources of auroras on Jupiter. These arise from electric currents along field lines, generated by a dynamo mechanism due to the relative motion between the rotating planet and the moving moon.Created by: globalquiz.orgplanets facts » Who first described the heliocentric model of the Sun and planets? ( with the Sun in the center)Aristarchus of Samos was an ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician who presented the first known model that placed the Sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it. He was also the first one to deduce the rotation of earth on its axis. His astronomical ideas were often rejected in favor of the incorrect geocentric theories of Aristotle and Ptolemy. Nicolaus Copernicus attributed the heliocentric theory to Aristarchus.Created by: Tschuka astronomy facts » What kind of 'natural disasters' happen on the moon?Moonquakes are produced by tidal forces. Moonquakres are much less common and weaker than earthquakes, although they can last for up to an hour - a significantly longer time than terrestrial earthquakes - because of the absence of water to damp out the seismic vibrations.Created by: life-o-holicMoon facts » The Moon takes just as long to rotate around its own axis as it does to revolve around the planet (Earth). How many other moons in the Solar System share this feature?Most of them. If the rotational frequency of satellite is larger than orbital frequency, a small torque counteracting the rotation arises, eventually locking the frequencies in a tidal lock. Pluto and Charon are the extreme example, being locked to each other.Created by: globalquiz.orgastronomy facts » Which planet is the brightest seen from Earth?Venus is much brighter than other planets. It is due to its proximity to the Sun (source of light), and bright clouds of sulfuric acid in its atmosphere.Created by: globalquiz.orgtechnology facts » Where do the names of Uranus moons (Ariel, Umbriel, Miranda, Titania, Oberon) come from?Shakespeare's characters. William Herschel, Englishman, discoverer of Uranus and its major moons, was very patriotic for naming. He originally named Uranus as "George Star" to honour king of England, but the name was changed later.Created by: Cleotheater facts » Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano. Where is it?On Mars. Olympus Mons (Latin for Mount Olympus) is a large shield volcano on the planet Mars, having a height of nearly 22 km (14 mi). Being a shield volcano, it has a very low profile. The average slope on the volcano's flanks is only 5°. Because of that, an observer standing on the Martian surface would be unable to view the entire profile of the volcano, even from a great distance.Created by: Trương Ngọc HùngMars facts » What is the name of first in history cosmic tourist (astrotourist)?Dennis Tito. Dennis Anthony Tito is an American engineer and multimillionaire, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. Tito paid a reported $20 million to the Russian Federal Space Agency.Created by: Paweł Kołodziejczyktourism facts » Which is the only moon with active volcanoes?Lo is a very tiny moon that is enormously influenced by the gravity of Jupiter. The great forces of Jupiter and its other moons exert such long pulls on lo that it deforms continuously from strong internal friction. These tides produce tremendous amount of internal friction, which heats the moon and enables its volcanic activityCreated by: ippili_chastronomy facts » Which of Saturn's natural satellites has such distinctive equatorial ridge?Iapetus. The ridge is 13 km high, 20 km wide and 1300 km long. Its origin is not known, but considering the amounts of craters it's safe to assume that this is a very old geological creation.Created by: Ninjaiastronomy facts » Play Solar System quiz and see all the questions.