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Amazing Astronomy Facts (The Real and the Obscure)

The universe is a maze and a mystery. Human beings started exploring the wonders of the planetary system after launching the first man to the moon project. It became earth’s Pandora’s box in navigating the solar system from sending robots to Mars and launching satellite stations in the outer space to observe the earth’s rotation and how it orbits the earth.

The universe is a maze and a mystery. Human beings started exploring the wonders of the planetary system after launching the first man to the moon project. It became earth’s Pandora’s box in navigating the solar system from sending robots to Mars and launching satellite stations in the outer space to observe the earth’s rotation and how it orbits the earth. Superpower governments such as United States, Russia, and many others have spent millions of dollars to do these researches. So, let’s enjoy the quirkiness of our universe.

Let’s first talk about stars. The sun is just one of the many billions of stars in the universe.

  • The Sun produces so much energy, that every second the core releases the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs and that it’s growing! In 5 billion years it will be 250 times bigger and close enough to swallow up the Earth. Wow! It’s a huge monster.
  • The largest known star Canis Majoris is so big that if our Sun were a ball 117cm (46in) wide, Canis Majoris would be 2.25 kilometers (1.3 miles) wide. It’s a larger fireball!
  • The Pistol Star is the most luminous star known - 10 million times the power of the Sun and as big as the size of Earth's entire orbit around the Sun.
  • The star Alpha Herculis is so big that 25 of our entire solar system would have to be placed end to end to equal the star's diameter.

Any interested about black holes?

  • A supermassive blackhole is believed to be present in the centre of nearly every galaxy, including our own Milky Way.
  • Black Holes are so dense, and produce such intense gravity, that even light can’t escape.

Planets

  • Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, temperatures can reach -280 degrees F. Why? Since Mercury has almost no atmosphere, there is nothing to trap heat near the surface. So, the dark side of Mercury (the side facing away from the Sun) is very cold.
  • On Mercury during the day, the Sun rises, stops, about-turns and eventually sets where it rose.
  • Venus is considerably hotter than Mercury, even though it is further away from the Sun. The thickness of Venus’ atmosphere traps heat near the surface of the planet. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate clockwise (retrograde rotation.)
  • The planet Venus has the longest day.
  • The Earth is the densest planet in the solar system.
  • All 27 of Uranus moons are named after William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope characters.
  • With 63 moons, Jupiter has the largest number of moons.
  • Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are made up of just gas with no solid surface to land on.
  • Saturn's moon Titan has hundreds of times more oil and natural gas than all the known reserves on Earth.
  • Since Neptune's discovery in 1846, it has made just about three-quarters of one revolution around the Sun.

There are gazillion of fun facts about our universe but that’s for now!

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