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Astronomy Question: Average Temperatures in the Solar System?

6 Apr 2012, 19:12 UTC
Astronomy Question:  Average Temperatures in the Solar System? Koolang Astronomical Observatory and Science Display Center
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Alex asks: Dear Astronomer, What are the average high and low temperatures of the planets in our solar system? Great question Alex! Given the different distances and compositions of objects in our Solar System, there is a wide range of temperatures. What is very interesting about the range of temperatures is how a planet’s atmosphere [...]

Our Solar System. Image credit: Koolang Astronomical Observatory and Science Display Center
Alex asks:

Dear Astronomer, What are the average high and low temperatures of the planets in our solar
system?

Great question Alex!
Given the different distances and compositions of objects in our Solar System, there is a wide range of temperatures. What is very interesting about the range of temperatures is how a planet’s atmosphere (or lack of) can affect it’s temperature, along with the surface composition.
Keep reading for a full list of high and low temperatures across our Solar System, along with what factors can affect said temperatures.

I’ll start with a simple table of temperatures, then I’ll explain the factors that affect temperatures. Keep in mind these figures are “ballpark” figures, listed for the sake of comparison.
Mercury: 100 – 700 Kelvin ( -170 – ...

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