55 facts tagged with Space Facts
In the year 1054 AD, there was an explosion in the sky so bright that it was visible for 23 days straight, even during the day.
In the last 7 years, humanity has discovered 43 potentially habitable planets.
Astronomer Percival Lowell believed that he was the first person to observe canals on Venus, but because of a faulty adjustment of the eyepiece on his telescope, he was in fact looking at the blood vessels in his own eye.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system that's not named after a god or goddess.
The ashes of the man who discovered Pluto are currently en route to dwarf planet, scheduled to arrive on the 14th of July, 2015.
If you were to cry in space, the tears would form a bubble in your eye until it's so big it moves to another spot on your face.
An international team of astronomers has spotted the farthest known gravitational lens and, as Albert Einstein predicted, it is a galaxy that deflects and intensifies the light of a much further object.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, carried with him a piece of cloth and wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer.
In 585 BC, a solar eclipse occurred in the middle of a battle between the Lydians and the Medes. They promptly ceased fighting and signed a peace treaty.
Scientists have confirmed that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, has a watery ocean.
There is a mass reservoir of water floating in space that is 100,000 times bigger than our sun and holds 140 trillion times more water than all of our oceans.
In 1859, the largest known geomagnetic storm struck the Caribbean, causing an aurora and telegraphs could even operate without a power source.
There are 5 to 10 times more stars in the known Universe than there are grains of sand on all the world's beaches, but a single grain of sand has more atoms than there are stars in the known Universe.
The Sun and Moon appear to be the same size because the moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, but 400 times closer to Earth.
According to a study by the National Science Foundation, only half of Americans believe in evolution, and one in 4 don't know that the Earth orbits the Sun.
MDIF, a New York based non-profit organisation, is planning to beam free Wi-Fi to the entire world from space.
It takes a photon 170,000 years to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to Earth.
If aliens located 60-65 million light years away from us, looked at earth through a really powerful telescope today, they would see dinosaurs!
Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere around 4 billion years ago
There is a mysterious and loud radio signal known as 'the space roar' that has yet to be explained.
Jupiter has radio storms so strong that they can be picked up and heard by an AM radio.
Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, wrote his daughter initials there. They’ll last at least 50,000 years.
From the nitrogen in our DNA, to the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, to the carbon in our apple pies - all were made in the interiors of collapsing stars; we're all made of stardust.
When a massive power outage struck southern California in the 1990s, Los Angeles residents reportedly called 911 to express alarm about strange clouds hovering overhead; they were seeing the Milky Way for the first time.
There's a mysterious dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter called 'Ceres' which has never been visited by spacecraft or photographed in detail, however, Earth-bound telescopes reveal a large bright shining spot on the surface of this planet, the origin and nature of which are unknown.
Olympus Mons, on the planet Mars, is the tallest volcano in the Solar System at a height of 14 miles. It is nearly 3 times the height of Mount Everest.
In 1977, researchers detected a strong radio signal from space that lasted 72 seconds. It hasn't been detected since.
An organisation called Mars One is planning to establish a permanent colony of humans on Mars by 2023.
Jupiter's magnetosphere is the largest single structure inside the Solar System. If you could see it with your eyes, it would appear larger than our full Moon.
On Titan, Saturn's largest moon, the atmosphere is so thick and the gravity so low that humans could fly through it by flapping "wings" attached to their arms.
A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum, according to astronomers.
It 'snows' metal on Venus.
NASA invented baby food as we know it today.
A neutron star (what remains after a Super Nova) is so dense that a portion of it the size of a sugar cube would weigh as much as all of humanity, or more than all the cars in the United States.
The last time that the Sun was in its current position in space around the Milky Way, dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Pluto is smaller than Russia.
Not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life.
In outer space there exists a gigantic cloud of alcohol which can be used to produce 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.
Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, an Abu Dhabi royal and billionaire, carved his name onto his private island and it's even visible from space.
Penguin poop can be seen from space.
Tidal forces between the Earth and Moon are slowing the Earth down and pushing the Moon further away.
An unprotected human can survive up to 1.5 minutes in space with no permanent bodily damage.
Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years.
The technology contained in a single game boy unit in 2000 exceeds all the computing power that was used to put the first man on moon in 1969.
If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.
One pinhead of the sun's energy is enough to kill a person at a distance of 160 kilometers.
The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old.
The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float.
Sound doesn't travel in space.
It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.
There are more nerve cells in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way.
The Space Shuttle main engine weighs 1/7th as much as a train engine but delivers as much horsepower as 39 locomotives.
If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.