Recently, I came across some really cool facts about the universe so I decided to gather up the most interesting ones to share with you guys, hope you enjoy them.
1. The planet Gliese-436b: discovered in 2004, Gliese-436b is covered entirely in burning ice, the planet has incredibly strong gravity which super compresses the ice allowing it to withstand 800 degree (Fahrenheit) temperature on its surface.
2. Atoms are the building blocks of all matter in the universe but what’s interesting is it comprise of a tiny nucleus surrounded by about 99.9 percent empty space, theoretically if you are able to remove all that empty space you could fit the entire human race in about the size of a sugar cube.
3. About 1 percent of the static that you see on your TV is made up of cosmic microwave radiation which is left over from the Big Bang that happened 13.7 billion years ago.
4. In 2011 there was a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that happened in Japan that was so strong that actually shifted the Earths axess and shorten dayes on Earth by 1.8 microseconds.
5. Every century the Earth’s rotation naturally slows by about 70 milliseconds that’s mean if you were back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, days it only be about 22 hours long.
6. There’s a mountain on Mars called Olympus Mons that’s 22 kilometers tall that’s three times the size of Mount Everest on Earth, It is the tallest mountain on any planet in our solar system and it’s so big that it actually sticks out of Mars atmosphere.
7. If you’ve ever wondered just how big the universe really is, here’s a picture taken in 90 by Voyager 1 called The Pale Blue Dot, see that tiny pale blue spec well thats earth from six billion kilometers away, if you didn’t feel insignificant before now’s a good time.
8. Aerogel also known as frozen smoke is the lowest density solid that we know of, it’s made up about 99.98 percent air, it can support eight thousand times its own weight in to withstand a blast from two pounds of dynamite, it’s also the best insulator in existence which is why NASA use it to insulate spacesuits.
9. Our solar system takes 250 million years to rotate around the Milky Way, that means that the last time that Earth was in its current position, dinosaurs were just beginning to roam the Earth
10. Stars are created when cosmic gases clicks billions of times of mass and gravity get so strong that fusion occurs and the release of energy creates the star, according to our best estimates 275 million stars are creted every single day.
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