We stock all sorts of bins: large and small, short and tall, metal and plastic, each one fantastic. But there’s one that truly is out of this world: the Wesco Spaceboy.

This rocket-shaped bin will be the feature point of any kitchen, and whilst people fall quickly in love with the design, it doesn’t take them long to realise that this isn’t just a gimmick. When you buy the Wesco Spaceboy, you’ll also be getting one of the best quality kitchen bins around. With a 35-litre storage capacity, there’s more than enough space for your kitchen waste. You may even like to see this rocket launch in your office, bedroom or bathroom too.

The Spaceboy got us in the mood for some space facts, so we rustled up a few about the heavenly bodies that share this beautiful Solar System with us.

 

Wesco Spaceboy

 

The Sun

The Sun is massive. Like, really massive. In fact, you could fit 960,000 round Earths inside it. Or, if you were to put the Earths in a gigantic blender and fill the Sun up to the brim, you could get a whopping 1.3 million in there! If you were completely fire-resistant and decided to walk across the surface of the Sun it would take you quite a while, as it’s almost 12,000 times the size of Earth’s.

 

The Moon

We all know that mankind took a giant leap when landing on the Moon, but did you realise that only a dozen sets of footprints have ever been left there? Plus they all belong to American males, with the last ones being those of Gene Cernan dating from way back in 1972.

 

Mercury

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mercury is the hottest planet in the Solar System, but it actually comes second to Venus. The side of Mercury that faces the Sun does get pretty boiling though, with temperatures that can reach 427°C. On the other side, meanwhile, it can fall as low as -173°C. Talk about inconsistent weather!

 

Venus

If you were to visit Venus for a day (i.e. the amount of time it takes for the planet to rotate once on its axis), you’d be there for 243 Earth days. To confuse matters even more so, you’ll have been there for more than one Venusian year, as it only takes 225 Earth days for Venus to orbit the Sun.

 

Mars

Probably best known for being a deep red in hue, Mars is also home to the Solar System’s tallest mountain. Olympus Mons is 21km high, 600km in diameter and could still be active despite being billions of years old. Compare this to Mount Vesuvius, which is a paltry 1.3km high in comparison, and you have yourself one mega Martian volcano!

 

Jupiter

Take a trip to Jupiter and, before succumbing to a horrifying death, you might notice that the sky is divided into cloud belts made of ammonia crystals and sulphur, making our acid rain look like washing up liquid.

 

Saturn

We all know about Saturn’s beautiful rings, but it also boasts 150 moons and smaller moonlets, each one as frozen as an ice pop.

 

Uranus

Remember how Mercury’s dark side can get as cold as -173°C? Well Uranus beats this hands down, with a minimum temperature of -224°C. Forget about having a hot ass, Uranus is mighty chilly!

 

Neptune

With winds that can be as fast as 1,340 kilometres per SECOND, Neptune isn’t the most accommodating of environments. Meanwhile, large storms swirl around in its upper atmosphere, so forget about getting a tan.

 

Pluto

The reason behind Pluto no longer being classified as a planet is a surprising one. Though only one-sixth the size of the Moon, it’s still big enough to qualify; however, Pluto hasn’t “cleared the neighbourhood”, meaning that it shares its orbit with various smaller objects. As a result, it was recategorised as a dwarf planet in 2006.

 

So there you have a few space facts to keep you busy and maybe even help you win a pub quiz. The Solar System is a fascinating place to live, and luckily for us we’re only 150 million kilometres from its centre.

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