Many of us believe that the coldest places in the solar system are Uranus and Neptune. In fact, this is not entirely true. Scientists have named such places that surprise with their temperature regime. And they are very close to the Earth.
What is the coldest place in the solar system?
If we talk about our planet, then the eastern part of Queen Maud Land, which is located in Antarctica, is considered the coldest place. So, here the temperature drops to -92 degrees. But, as Grunge writes, it can’t compare to some places elsewhere in the solar system.
Uranus is one of the coldest planets in our system. Its average temperature is several times lower than on Neptune. However, it is closer to the Sun. Compared to Earth, where the average temperature is 14 degrees, on Uranus it is -195 degrees.
But even Uranus cannot be called the coldest object in the solar system. Of course, it is unlikely that something will survive there, because the atmosphere of the planet consists of hydrogen, helium and methane. But there are also more inhospitable places.
They are not as far away as they seem. So, it turned out that there are regions on the Moon with lower temperatures. Scientists S. Byrne and P. O’Brien from the University of Arizona found out during their research that permanently shadowed regions on the Moon are among the coldest places in the solar system. After all, they have been hidden from the sun’s rays for many billions of years.
Such permanently shadowed regions are found near the north and south poles of the moon. They are the ones who never see the sunlight. Because of this, it is unbearably cold here. Of course, there is reflected heat here, but it cannot reach some regions.
So, depressions inside permanently shaded regions do not receive any heat, so the temperature in them can reach -248 degrees, and even lower.
This extreme cold surpasses a single region, the Oort cloud, which is classified as a spherical region. NASA describes it as a mixture of icy chunks of space debris. And the temperature here reaches -268 degrees. At the same time, the actual existence of Oort has not been confirmed, although some evidence points to it.