Surface temperature

Temperature is a physical property of matter that quantitatively expresses the common notions of hot and cold. [1]


  • The surface temperature of a planet is the actual temperature on the planet's surface.
  • Takes in consideration the greenhouse effect.
  • When available, surface temperature is often used to qualify the temperature of terrestrial planets.
  • The Kelvin scale is the principal temperature scale used in astronomy.
  • The surface temperature of a planet is not to be confused with its effective temperature.

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