Space Facts

55 facts tagged with Space Facts

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    In the last 7 years, humanity has discovered 43 potentially habitable planets.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Earth is the only planet in our solar system that's not named after a god or goddess.
  • 5
    The ashes of the man who discovered Pluto are currently en route to dwarf planet, scheduled to arrive on the 14th of July, 2015.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    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.
  • 8
    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.
  • 9
    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.
  • 10
    Scientists have confirmed that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, has a watery ocean.
  • 11
    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.
  • 12
    In 1859, the largest known geomagnetic storm struck the Caribbean, causing an aurora and telegraphs could even operate without a power source.
  • 13
    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.
  • 14
    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.
  • 15
    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.
  • 16
    MDIF, a New York based non-profit organisation, is planning to beam free Wi-Fi to the entire world from space.
  • 17
    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.
  • 18
    If aliens located 60-65 million light years away from us, looked at earth through a really powerful telescope today, they would see dinosaurs!
  • 19
    Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere around 4 billion years ago
  • 20
    There is a mysterious and loud radio signal known as 'the space roar' that has yet to be explained.
  • 21
    Jupiter has radio storms so strong that they can be picked up and heard by an AM radio.
  • 22
    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.
  • 23
    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.
  • 24
    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.
  • 25
    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.
  • 26
    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.
  • 27
    In 1977, researchers detected a strong radio signal from space that lasted 72 seconds. It hasn't been detected since.
  • 28
    An organisation called Mars One is planning to establish a permanent colony of humans on Mars by 2023.
  • 29
    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.
  • 30
    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.
  • 31
    A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
  • 32
    The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum, according to astronomers.
  • 33
    It 'snows' metal on Venus.
  • 34
    NASA invented baby food as we know it today.
  • 35
    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.
  • 36
    The last time that the Sun was in its current position in space around the Milky Way, dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
  • 37
    Pluto is smaller than Russia.
  • 38
    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.
  • 39
    In outer space there exists a gigantic cloud of alcohol which can be used to produce 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.
  • 40
    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.
  • 41
    Penguin poop can be seen from space.
  • 42
    Tidal forces between the Earth and Moon are slowing the Earth down and pushing the Moon further away.
  • 43
    An unprotected human can survive up to 1.5 minutes in space with no permanent bodily damage.
  • 44
    Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years.
  • 45
    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.
  • 46
    If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.
  • 47
    One pinhead of the sun's energy is enough to kill a person at a distance of 160 kilometers.
  • 48
    The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old.
  • 49
    The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float.
  • 50
    Sound doesn't travel in space.
  • 51
    It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
  • 52
    Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.
  • 53
    There are more nerve cells in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way.
  • 54
    The Space Shuttle main engine weighs 1/7th as much as a train engine but delivers as much horsepower as 39 locomotives.
  • 55
    If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.