Space, just like the name suggests, is a place, shrouded in a lot of mystery. No one knows what it is or what it does, all scientists fully know is that it exists. In earlier studies, there were only nine known planets, including our beloved Earth that Orbited the Sun.
But more studies have shown that we had barely scratched the surface, and there are possibly thousands, if not millions of other undiscovered stars, moons, galaxies, planets and even other Suns that have existed for billions of years without our knowledge.
Great strides have been made, though, since the nine planet days and if we could just take a moment we can see how much is known currently. Let’s take a dive into some interesting facts about space you probably did not know:
Venus has extremely long days
On Venus, a day is longer than a year. That is because Venus takes 224.7 days to rotate around the sun, but takes 223 days as we know them, to rotate around its own axis once.
Almost an infinite number of planets
So far, 1800 other planets have been confirmed to exist. There is another 3000 awaiting confirmation; none of the other worlds is habitable, though. They are a mass of hot gasses that cannot support plant or animal life.
Suspicion of space diseases
The crew of the Apollo 2 was quarantined after their return from the moon, just to make sure there were no deadly diseases that they brought back to earth.
Distinct weather patterns on each planet
The weather in space is so volatile and can change into many patterns on a single day. For example, Jupiter has unyielding, and powerful winds and a massive hurricane style storm have been going on for 300 years, nonstop. Venus, on the other hand, has temperatures that are five times more than boiling water. Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune have extremely fast winds which can reach a staggering 1600mph on Neptune.
Mars has extremely tall mountains
The highest Mountain is on Mars, it is called the Olympus Mons and is three times greater than Mt. Everest.
The sun is much larger than ever thought
Compared to planet Earth, the Sun is 300,000 times larger.
A person weighs a third they do on Mars
Due to the forces of gravity in space, a person weighing 100kgs on earth would weigh 38kgs on Mar’s surface.
Super powerful vacuums
In a vacuum space, when two metal pieces touch, they bond and become inseparable, in a process called cold welding. This is because of lack of oxygen in space. To counter this, astronaut’s tools always have a layer of oxide.
More interesting facts
- The entire Solar system is 4.6 billion years old, and it has what it takes to survive another 5000 million years.
- The gravity of the sun and the moon is the reason why we have high and low tides in our oceans.
- The sun makes a full rotation every 25-35 days.
- One of Saturn’s smaller moons called Enceladus reflects 90% of the sunlight, making it more reflective than snow.
- The tire tracks and footprints that are made by astronauts on the moon’s surface are preserved there for eternity due to lack of winds to blow them away.
- Venus holds the record for having the most volcanoes within the solar system.
- Uranus has a high concentration of Methane gas that has a blue glow and filters out all the red light.
And now, we are more informed.