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Shocking facts about the space !!

Updated on July 1, 2016

Time to check out some unbelievable facts about space!!

What we must understand is that the region beyond our atmosphere i.e space has been holding some of the most magnificent sights from mankind seeing them. Even the mere description about them drives our heart and brain towards the unknown excitement. Let us see some the facts the space holds.

  1. How many planets does our solar system contain? 8. What about the total number of planets the whole space holds? Well, to answer that question, there are thousand more other planets with hundreds of similar worlds like ours. Numbering them, there are 1800 of them. Another thing to know is that there are about 3000 of them yet to certified by NASA.
  2. Who doesn't love the soothing sight of the moon? But, it is hard to digest that planets mercury and venus doesn't have one.
  3. Do you know the age of our solar system? Well, it is about 4.6 billion years old. It is expected to last for another 5000 million years. You cant definitely outlive that number, can you?
  4. Our galaxy way is stretched about 10,000 light years.
  5. The person who weighs 100 kilos on our planet only weighs only about the 38 kilos on the big red planet (Mars).
  6. Imagine a planet holding 67 moons to itself. Well, jupiter is that planet.
  7. A day on the mars is slightly more than ours. 35 minutes and 39 seconds more than ours to be precise.
  8. Venus doesn't like to be too mainstream. It spins in backward direction!
  9. The sun requires almost a month to make one complete rotation.
  10. Don't think space to be so so far away. Starting from the normal sea level, if you start your journey vertically up, with in an hour you will be in space !
  11. Don't think the planet closer to the sun is the hottest one. Venus tops the list of hottest planets with vigorous 500°C.
  12. Ever wondered why pluto is the most disputed planet in our solar system? Well, the size of pluto is smaller than earth's moon. Hope that answered your doubt.
  13. The energy black holds can be illustrated by the fact that if the star gets closer to the black hole, even the largest of the stars could tear apart !
  14. Recent expeditions on earth's moon confirmed the sources of water on the moon!
  15. Have you observed the sharp impressions of tires and footprints on the surface of moon? They will remain the same forever until and unless disturbed. Reason? Well, there's no air in the moon right?
  16. Venus has the more number of volcanoes than any other planet in our solar system.
  17. You wanna know how many times the sun is bigger than earth? To answer that, sun is approximately 300,000 times bigger than our little planet earth !
  18. You may cry how much you want in the space ! But even a single drop of water will not fall down like on earth. Reason is that the water in space, always tends to form small portions of circles and spheres which make them float if left alone.
  19. It is quite a job to affix two metals on our planet earth right? well, in space that can be regarded as a piece of cake! All you need to do is just bring together the two metal surfaces. Ta-da! the two metals will get bonded firmly!
  20. There is another wild thing called micro gravity in space which makes spine stand still. Reason is that our spine tends to bend a little due to relatively strong gravity on earth. Hence as there is no relative gravity present in the space, our spine tends to stand still. There is analysis that a huan body looks as tall as 5cm more when compared tom its size on earth.
  21. Now, we already know how big the sun is. To add more astonishment, it is said that about 1 million earths can be fitted into the sun.
  22. You have no idea how slow the venus revolves round the sun. Its normal length of the day is about 224.7 earth days.
  23. If you walk in the space with bare foot, well its a bit gross but, your skin starts to peel off starting by converting into flakes!
  24. The Milky Way galaxy we live in: is one among the BILLIONS in space.
  25. The Milky Way galaxy is whirling rapidly, spinning our sun and all its other stars at around 100 million km per hour.
  26. If you fell into a black hole, you would stretch like spaghetti !!
  27. The opposite of black holes are estimated to be white holes which spray out matter and light like fountains.
  28. As the earth turns, the stars come back to the same place in the night sky every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. This is a sidereal day (star day).
  29. From the moon, astronauts brought back 380 kg of Moon rock.
  30. During the moon landing, a mirror was left on the Moon’s surface to reflect a laser beam which measured the Moon’s distance from the Earth with amazing accuracy.
  31. The stars in each constellation are named after a Greek alphabet. The brightest star in each constellation is called the Alpha Star, the next brightest Beta, and so on.
  32. The distance to the planets is measured by bouncing radar signals off them and timing how long the signals take to get there and back
  33. The distance to the planets is measured by bouncing radar signals off them and timing how long the signals take to get there and back
  34. Spacecrafts toilets have to get rid of waste in low gravity conditions, Astronauts have to sit on a device which sucks away the waste. Solid waste is dried and dumped in space, but the water is saved.
  35. A comet’s tail is made as it nears the Sun and begins to melt. A vast plume of gas millions of kilometers across is blown out behind by the solar wind. The tail is what you see, shining as the sunlight catches it.
  36. Mars’s volcano Olympus Mons is the biggest in the solar system. It covers the same area as Ireland and is three times higher than our Mount Everest.
  37. Planets have magnetic field around them because of the liquid iron in their cores. As the planets rotate, so the iron swirls, generating electric currents that create the magnetic field.
  38. Earth’s atmosphere is the only atmosphere discovered till date that human can breathe in.
  39. Jupiter spins right round in less than 10 hours which means that the planet’s surface is moving at nearly 50,000 km/hr.
  40. The first successful planetary space probe was the USA’s Mariner 2, which flew past Venus in 1962.
  41. To save fuel on journeys to distant planets, space probes may use a nearby planet’s gravity to catapult them on their way. This is called slingshot.
  42. Hubble’s law showed that Universe is getting bigger – and so must have started very small. This led to the idea of Big Bang.
  43. It’s believed that it was the impact of a big meteorite may have chilled the earth and wiped out all the dinosaurs.
  44. With powerful telescopes, astronomers can see galaxies 2 billion light years away. This means we see them as they were when the only life forms in Earth were bacteria.
  45. Einstein’s theory of general relativity shows that gravity not only pulls on matter, but also space and even ‘Time’ itself.
  46. he moon’s gravity is 17% of the Earth’s so astronauts in space suits can jump 4 m high on the moon.
  47. The sun gets hot because it is so big that the pressure in its core is so tremendous – enough to force the nuclei of hydrogen atoms to fuse to make helium atoms. This nuclear reaction is like a gigantic atom bomb and it releases huge amounts of heat.
  48. stars twinkle because we see them through the wafting of the atmosphere.
  49. After the big bang, there was antimatter, the mirror image of matter. Antimatter and matter destroyed each other when they met, thus they annihilated. Matter just won, but the Universe was left almost empty.
  50. The future of the Universe may depend on how much dark matter there is. If there is too much, its gravity will eventually stop the Universe’s expansion – and make it shrink again.

Hope you had fun knowing, these 50 fantastic facts about our space.

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