The 10 strangest things you’ll find in our solar system



 
3 – The mysterious moon of Saturn

One of Saturn’s satellites, Laptus, was discovered in 1671, but recent discoveries about this moon have puzzled astronomers all over the world.

Lapitos is the third largest natural moon of Saturn, but it raises many questions. First, one side of this moon is darker than the other, and the difference between the two colors is already stunning. This is mainly because the orbit of the moon around Saturn allows one of the hemispheres to be more light than the other.

Second, this moon is the only body in the solar system that has no hydrostatic balance. This means that its non-spherical shape is not only caused by irregularity in its thin skin. The surface of the Iptus reaches its peak at the equator up to about 20 km above the surrounding plains. This hillside gives it a unique shape, so Laptus actually resembles the fruit of the walnut over the moon.


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