Thursday, 2 February 2017

Space Top Facts

Largest ever galaxy portrait - stunning HD image of Pinwheel Galaxy

Ever look up at the sky and wonder what's out there in Space? Let's look at some top interesting facts about Space:

On planet Venus, it takes 225 days to complete one orbit around the sun which means that one day on Venus is equal to 225 earth days.

The Sun is very big in fact so big that one million earth sized planets can fit inside the Sun.

In space, you can become taller as the spine strengthens in space as the gravity does not push you down like on earth. You can become up to 5 cm taller in a space station.

People tend to think that space is far away and in actual fact, it is not far away at all. If you could, in theory, drive 100km upwards you will be in space.

The planet closest to the Sun which is Mercury does not have the highest temperature. Mercury’s temperature can rise to 420 °C and at night it can drop down to 180 °C. Venus is the planet with the highest temperature. It has thick clouds and traps the Sun’s heat at a temperature as hot as 500 °C.

The word astronaut was translated from the greek words Astro which mean star and nautes which mean sailor.

If you cry in space your tears do not fall and it will float like bubbles in the air.

Cosmic clouds are the clouds that are made out of interstellar dust and gasses and it is where stars are being created or where a star died. It is also be referred to as Nebulae.

Astronauts use the North Star for navigation.

Metal sticks together in space and can be referred to as cold welding. On earth, this only takes place during manufacturing phases.

There are only two planets in our solar system that do not have moons and it is Mercury and Venus.

Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy

The age of our solar system is about 4.6 billion years and is estimated by science to last another 5000 million years.

Olympus Mons on planet Mars is the highest mountain yet discovered and is about 25KM high which is three times higher than mount Everest.

One single light year is equal to 9.5 trillion KM.

On Mars, you will weigh about 60 percent lighter than on Earth and the reason for that is Earth’s gravity is much higher than the gravity on planet Mars.

Earth’s moon is about 4.5 billion years old.

Venus is the planet with the most volcanoes than any other planet that exists in our solar system.

One night on the planet Uranus lasts for about 21 years and the planet has 27 moons.

One day on the planet Pluto is equal to 6.3 days on Earth.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon.

Light from the Sun to Earth takes 8.3 minutes to reach Earth.

The Milky Way consists of about 200 000 000 000 stars.

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the moon and his mother’s maiden name was also ‘Moon’.

166 moons currently exist in our solar system. 

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