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Fun Science Facts

Updated on June 26, 2011

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Science Facts

If you have you ever wanted to impress your science teachers, you have come to the right place. Here you will learn some cool facts about space that will not only impress your teachers but if and when you use a well chosen cool fact to start a conversation you just might make a new friend or amuse an old one. Random science facts can also give you some great ideas for that next science project. And for all of the science teachers out there, using science facts in elementary science classes can get the attention of every student that pass through your classroom door!

So whether you are looking for some great idea for your next science fair project or you are just curious about the world around you, this is the place where science meets fun. It is always so amazing to me that when learning anything, if you can relate it it to something fun, the information just sinks in.

Here are some fun space facts for kids. I am sure that you will want to find out more about astronomy, the Moon, planets, our Sun, the Milky Way galaxy, our Universe and much more.

  • The first man made object sent into space was in 1957 when the Russian satellite named Sputnik was launched.
  • Footprints left behind by astronauts on the moon will stay there forever as there is no wind to blow them away.
  • Many scientists believe that an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago.
  • The atmosphere of Venus made up mainly of carbon dioxide.

Jupiter's 4 biggest moons are named Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and Io.
Jupiter's 4 biggest moons are named Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and Io.
The diameter of earth is 7900 miles (12,700 km). This makes it the 5th largest planet after Jupiter, Saturn,, Uranus and Neptune.
The diameter of earth is 7900 miles (12,700 km). This makes it the 5th largest planet after Jupiter, Saturn,, Uranus and Neptune.

Cool Facts About Space

Space is a pretty cool place and scientist that study space can be pretty interesting science teachers. Here are some random facts from the outer regions.

  • In space Astronauts cant cry because it is impossible for tears to flow without gravity.
  • Our galaxy is so wide at the speed of light it would take you 100,000 years to cross it.
  • The famous Halleys comet returns every 76 years. it last appeared in 1986. it will appear again in 2062.
  • It is because of the Sun and Moons gravity that we have high & low tides.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have had a full moon.
  • At 60 degrees south latitude, you can sail completely around the world
  • Earth is the only planet that is not named after a Roman god.
  • Venus and Mercury have no moons.


More Random Facts

About Space

  • Stars are divided into six color classifications: red stars are the coolest and bluish ones are the hottest
  • The sun is composed entirely of gases and is only about half as dense as water.
  • The diameter of the sun is about 860,000 miles (1,384,000km)
  • Every exploded star or nebula contains the seeds of a new star and this new star is called the protostar.
  • The sun rotates on its axis about once a month.
  • A solar eclipse happens when the moon is directly between the Earth and the Sun. The shadow of the moon falls on the Earths surface and obscures the sun, wither partially or totally depending on where you are looking at it from.
  • Lunar eclipse occurs whe the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon. The shadow of the earth on the Moon's surface obscures the moons reflected sunlight.
  • The moon is approximately 234,000 (376,000) miles from earth

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Very awesome. I would like to hear more about the planets themselves!

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      kids-toy-box 6 years ago

      Wonderfully informative hub! Incredible that we take the every day beauty round us for granted yet we are surrounded by so much of scintific beauty!. I remember the Halleys comet back in 1986...my older sister was attempting to make a homemde telescope so we could see it. Sadly we didn't get to see it...but since I was 6 at the time I am hoping to catch it again in 2062:)

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Okay, you produced another great and informative hub. What is with you? LOL! However, I didn't get to learn anything new from this one, but I guess that won't surprise you too much. It is things like Fun Science Facts that makes for easy learning, because kids find it fun and usually when they are having fun then they absorb more. Cool hub. :)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      I love these type of facts, as I was never good at the conventional way of learning. . I think if you can make a little fun with science it just makes it all that much easier for it to sink in!

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great selection of science facts. Very interesting hub and helpful for a science project.

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      I thought that to be interesting as well, that the Earth doesn't have a 'gods' name .. probably cause the Earth is a goddess ;) but maybe this hub will generate some kids out there to come up with the "why" . . Juno hmmm wasn't that about a very offbeat young girl who made an interesting decision regarding her unborn child . . food for thought!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      This is a really cool hub, Shari, and a great way to acquaint kids and others with interesting science facts. Painless education, I call it

      I know that the word describing our planet, Earth, comes from old English and German words but always though it interesting that we never gave it a Roman god's name like the others. Though it has been called Terra as in terra firma. Since we often call it mother earth, what would you think of the name, Juno?

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Good call wvierra - no grey hair with no gravity .. great copy that would make ;)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      jai- I know you may not know this side about me but shoes and me go together like football and me, and then there is this mad scientist inside of me that needs to get out every now and then, especially in a challenge! I missed the moon on the 23rd.. buried in this computer ;( haven't even tweeted too much as of late :(( but it always makes me smile when I see you here!

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      wvierra 7 years ago from Collinsville

      I would think astronauts can still cry but instead of running down the cheek it would just float away from the tear ducts into open space. Your body would push out the tears. Just my thought on it. However some every interesting information on here. I am a bit of a science nut. To bad space doesn't stop gray hair.

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      OMG, You and shoes...and, Halloween costumes!!! Really, never knew the Sun rotated. Lots of interesting info here Shari. BTW, did you see the Harvest Moon on the 23rd? Absolutely spectacular!!! Loved this, Ciao!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      PDM - yes yes , Red is always hot in a sexy dress shoe ;)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      ralwus - and to think i thought it was the other way around!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      moonvine - astronauts can cry here on earth when their space mission is scraped!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      lisa - I know I was amazed at that fun fact as well. Gravity in space sure has some good aspects, just think no tears and no wrinkles!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      ES - tell him he cant send her out there before he reads the next installments!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Nice one Shari, I thought that red stars will be the hottest ones, How are you Shari? Take care, Maita

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      And 7/5 of all kids don't understand fractions, most adults too.

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      lisabeaman 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Great Hub! There's a lot of fun facts here! I learned quite a few new things. That's crazy about the tears though. I would have never thought that gravity would have anything to do with crying!

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      englightenedsoul 7 years ago

      Amazing hub. And honestly I hardly knew a fact except that earth is not named after any Roman god. My brother is reading with me too and now he is planning to send my mom in perpetual space travel as she cries a lot!!lol...But really good knowledgeable hub on science facts.

      Rated up and bookmarked!!