People know more about Superman than About Jupiter


Jupiter: Recently, in a “general knowledge poll” carried out on Instagram, 97% of people guessed that kryptonite is Superman’s (DC Comics hero) weak point, while 55% guessed that Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system. .

It may seem like a simple context or nothing too surprising considering the popularity of the Man of Steel movies and comics. Specific knowledge, such as the size of the planets, are not necessarily the most relevant in people’s daily lives.

However, if we start from the principle of the “need” to know something, it is possible to argue against the vast majority of knowledge, which would not be productive for anyone. The point is that the real usefulness of knowledge is complex to be measured, since each individual is in a different context.

For example, knowing about comic books may not be “useful” for an astrophysicist, but it is essential for a film critic. This does not mean that a person cannot have different interests or that one knowledge is better than another. When we think about knowledge, whether it is about planets, heroes, sports, movies, plants or whatever, the importance of each of these things is not “about”, but rather “knowing”.

Since a lot is said about the Solar System in schools, I confess that I expected a higher percentage of correct answers on the question about Jupiter (even in a poll on Instagram), since issues related to space exploration, formation of planets or things like that awaken the interest and curiosity of many people, whether during school life or later.

Speaking of Jupiter, the giant planet is among the most intriguing things we’ve ever been able to observe and study, and recently a phenomenon scientists had been trying to understand for over 40 years was unveiled in a study.

Jupiter is so big that data about its size are often difficult to conceive. For example, Jupiter’s mass is two and a half times the mass of all other planets in the solar system combined, which is 317 times the mass of Earth. Also, the so-called Great Red Spot of Jupiter, which can be observed through a terrestrial telescope, is a hurricane that lasts for centuries and was once twice the diameter of the Earth.


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