23 Simple Facts To Know Your Universe better

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There are countless secrets around us. But they only would be there for the eye that would really see. Some people  (scientist probably) would go to any limits to get their answers. But many of us are too lazy to question the things around us, or even google them. Let’s get to the balanced side and get to know our universe better.

1. Sirius Stars

Sirius star is the brightest star in the night sky. It is also known as ‘Dog Star’. Sirius is about twice as massive as the sun and 25 times more luminous than the sun. Is it just me or Dog Star and Sirius ring a bell?

2. Hottest Planet

That’s easy. Obviously, Mercury is the hottest planet as it is closest to the sun. Daeng, Wrong. Venus is the known hottest planet in the solar system. Its average temperature is 464-degree Celsius, whereas Mercury lacks in the department with only 167 degree Celsius.

3. Longest Recorded Comet

The comet with longest ever recorded tail is the Great Comet of 1843. Its tail stretched over 800 million km!

4. The Rare Few

There are only 12 men who have walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first to step on the moon’s surface.

5. Saturn Rings

Saturn rings are made up of millions of fragments of ice, dust and tiny rocks which orbits around the planet.

6. Neighbouring Galaxy

We can see another galaxy with the naked eye. Our neighbouring The Andromeda Galaxy is 2.2 million light years away. Yes, hello neighbour.

Neighbouring Galaxy

7. Our Dear Sun

The temperature of the sun’s surface is 6000 degree Celsius. Each centimetre of the sun burns with the brightness of 250,000 candles!

8. Odd One Out

All the plants in the solar system rotate counterclockwise. Venus, however, is the only planet to rotate clockwise.

9. Gaseous Planet

Yes, there is such a thing. Not the gaseous star but a planet. Jupiter has no surface for the spacecraft to land on. It is mostly made up of helium and hydrogen.

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10. Literature Moons

Uranus has 27 moons, all named after characters in William Shakespeare’s plays i.e. Ariel, Umbriel, Tatiana, Miranda.

11. Strongest Winds

Neptune has the strongest winds in the solar system blowing at up for 2000 km/h.

Galaxy

 

12. Tears

Astronauts can not cry in the space because there is no gravity.

13. Pyramids Of Giza

The three great pyramids of Giza are positioned in such a way to mirror the pattern of the three brightest stars in the constellation Orion. Ancient Egypt is surely packed with mystery.

14. Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa has many oceans of water beneath its icy surface and is the major target in the search for life in the solar system.

15. Big Crunch

The universe is expanding with all the galaxies moving away from each other. If it stops expanding, scientists believe that the universe will end in a ‘Big Crunch’. the opposite of the big bang.

16. Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula is the remains of the supernova that exploded in AD 1054.

17. Diamonds In The Sky

It is estimated that there are about 50,000 million billion stars in the universe. More than all the grains of sand on the beaches of the Earth.

Diamonds In The Sky

18. Moon’s Gravity

The moon’s gravity is 17% of the Earth’s, so astronauts in the spacesuits can jump 4m high.

19. Greater Stars

Some stars are 600,000 times brighter than our sun.

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20. Low Density

Saturn is so low in density that if we could find a bathtub big enough, we would be able to float on the planet in water.

21. Rings

Saturn isn’t the ‘only’ planet with rings. Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune also have rings around them. However, due to the great distance, they are difficult to see.

22. Long Seasons

Seasons on Uranus lasts for 20 years! The effect of this is that the seasons on Uranus cause all sort of odd weather. Recently, Uranus is getting free of a particularly long winter storm and will be embarking upon a decade long spring. I wonder what spring is like in Uranus?

23. Space Suits

The full cost of a space suit is about 11 million dollars, although 70% of this is for the backpack and the control module.

 

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