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Brilliant Comet McNaught in 2007. Credit: ESO/Sebastian Deiries

Brilliant Comet McNaught in 2007. Credit: ESO/Sebastian Deiries

Surface and Interior
  • Tallest Mountain – Olympus Mons
  • Coldest Volcano – Cryovolcanos
  • A Truly “Grand” Canyon – Valles Marineris
  • Movers and Shakers – Plate Tectonics
  • Ooh! That’ll Leave a Mark – Extreme Impact Craters
Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Oceans & Water & Ice, Oh My!
  • Deepest Ocean – Europa
  • Best Surf Spot – Earth
  • Biggest Ice Cubes – Saturn’s Icy Moons
  • Jekyll and Hyde of the Solar System – Dirty, Icy Comets
  • The Sky is Falling! – The Dry Ice Caps of Mars
Birth of our Moon? Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Birth of our Moon? Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wild Wild Weather
  • Longest Lived Storm – Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
  • An Ill and Still Wind Bloweth – Hurricanes on Earth
  • Wildly Wicked Winds of Neptune
  • Best Vacuum Cleaner – Martian Dust Devils
  • The Hardest Rain – Diamond Hail on Uranus and Neptune
Extreme Climates
  • Biggest, Baddest Babies of Climate – El Niño and La Niña
  • But It’s a Dry Heat – Runaway Greenhouse of Venus
  • Dirtiest Climate Change – Global Dust Storms on Mars
  • Most Bizarre Seasons – Uranus
  • Snowballs in Hell – Mercury
Tiny water bears — extremophiles on Earth. Credit: Ralph O. Schill

Tiny water bears — extremophiles on Earth. Credit: Ralph O. Schill

Rings and Things
  • Those Lovely Rings – Saturn
  • Billions and Billions of Bodies – The Oort Cloud
  • When Comets Attack – Shoemaker-Levy 9
  • The Planet That Wasn’t – The Asteroid Belt
  • Earth Shattering Impact – Birth of Our Moon?
The Eye of Saturn

The Eye of Saturn
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Electro Magneto Extremo
  • Super Twisted Magnet – Our Sun
  • Blowing a Bubble in Space – The Solar Wind
  • Biggest Plasma Screen – Jupiter’s Magnetosphere
  • Most Radical Electric Light Shows – Aurorae on Earth and Jupiter
  • Shocking Superbolts of Saturn
Monstrous surface of Miranda. Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

Monstrous surface of Miranda.
Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

Life
  • Juuust Right! – Earth’s Abundant Life
  • Death from Above – The K-T Extinction
  • Life from Above – Alien Origins
  • Little Green. . .Microbes? – Possible Life on Mars
  • Life in the Dark – Earth & Europa?
The Wack Pack
  • Stinkiest Place – The Rotten Egg of Io
  • Best Fuel Depot – Titan
  • Problematic Planethood – Pluto
  • Most Retro – Venus & Triton
  • Most Misinterpreted “Artifact”– The Face on Mars
  • One-Eyed Monster and the Hex of Saturn
  • FrankenMoon – Miranda
  • As Sure as Sunrise? – Hyperion’s Chaotic Rotation
  • The Incredible Shrinking Planet – Mercury
  • A Perfect Fit – Solar Eclipses on Earth
  • Strangest Life Form – Humans
Sum of Extreme Parts
  • Supreme Sun
  • Giant Jupiter
  • Sexy Saturn
  • Extreme Earth
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