It might seem a bit navel-gazing to point out how special Earth is — after all, we live here. Oh, come on. You just can’t focus on your life and not think about our planet’s siblings. It’s no longer a eureka moment to know that each has its own “crazy” features and phenomena.
A day on Venus lasts longer than a year. Due to the slow rotation on its axis, Venus takes approximately 243 Earth days to complete a single rotation. A day on Venus is longer than on any other planet. What is even more striking, though, is when Venus’ day is compared to its year. At roughly 224.7 earth days, Venus’ year is almost 20 earth days less than one Venusian day. No other planet shares such a property.
Mars, the red planet, is home to both the highest mountain and the deepest, longest valley in the solar system. Olympus Mons is roughly 27 kilometres high, about three times as tall as Mount Everest, while the Valles Marineris can go as deep as 8 to 10 kilometres in some places and runs for roughly 4,000 kilometres, which is close to the width of Australia.
Mercury has wrinkles. As the iron core of the planet cooled and contracted, the surface of the planet became wrinkled. Scientist have named these wrinkles, Lobate Scarps. These can be up to a mile high and hundreds of miles long.
All of earth’s sibling planets are named after Roman or Greek deities. Earth is the only exception. Venus is the only planet in the solar system to be named after a female figure.
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s Juliet famously wanted to know. Uranus’ moons are named after characters created by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. These include Oberon, Titania, Puch, Ophelia, Miranda and Juliet!!! The craters on Mercury are artists and musicians, like Bach, John Lennon and Disney.
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What constitute Bermuda, Miami and San Juan?
Bermuda Triangle, a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
It is believed that the name ‘Doha’ came from the Arabic ad-dawha. What does it mean?
The big tree. The reference might be to a prominent tree that stood at the site where the original fishing village arose, on the eastern coast of the Qatar peninsula.
On which planet is a day longer than a year?
What is the smallest number that can be exactly divided by all the numbers 1 to 10?
Which famous cartoon character’s hobbies are eating, sleeping, watching TV and kicking Odie off the table?
Garfield, a fictional cat and the protagonist of the comic strip Garfield, created by Jim Davis.
The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog from Central Africa and is physically incapable of barking. What sound does it make?
It yodels due to its unusually shaped larynx.
With the win at the Rotterdam Open last month, Roger Federer has won 97 career singles titles. Name the legend who heads the list with 109.
Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant recently took home a different kind of trophy: An Oscar statuette, for the Best Animated Short Film. Name the movie.
Dear Basketball. It shows Bryant explain his love for the sport he played professionally for 20 years.
What is mysophobia, a condition some animals suffer from?
Abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination
Identify the place in the image below.
Answer next week.
(Last week’s answer Charlie Chaplin)
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