Theres no denying that Space is incredible. It’s a massive and mysterious thing that the world is still trying to understand! With so many people wondering about the final frontier, there are gonna be a few myths that popup. I’m here to debunk some of space myths and give you some far out info in the process! Let’s do this.
1 What Color is the Sun? The Sun is white not yellow, orange or red. The only reason it appears yellow is because of the Earth’s atmosphere which makes it raised appear yellow tinted. If we were to see the Sun in space it would be a different color. Pictures of the Sun from space look like this ~ [white], just like the moon without craters.
So, why the Sun is actually white? That’s because it’s a main sequence star with a temperature of about 10,340° Fahrenheit, which means it could only be white. Cool huh?
2Space Has no Sound. Every science fiction movie with an epic space battle has classic laser sounds and the explosions of those lasers blasting apart spaceships. But, the reality is quite different. There is no sound in space. Sound needs a medium to travel through. Like air, water, or even steel to name a few. Space is a vacuum, so sound can’t travel through it.
3Asteroid belts are not tightly packed of. Asteroids are further apart than you think. Forget what you learned from the asteroids video game or from watching Star Wars. The average distance between Asteroids is 1000,000 miles! Giving you plenty of room to parallel park a Millennium Falcon. Or an entire fleet!
Space is huge! As a matter of fact, space is so big that even light takes a while to reach some destinations. Light can travel up to 300,000,000 meters/second. But the sheer vastness of space makes light seem like a snail riding on the back of a turtle through the cosmos. At light-speed, a trip from the Sun to the Earth would take about 8 minutes. While that seems fast, a trip to our closest neighbor star, Proxima Centauri, would take you about 4 years! And a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy would take you 2,5 million years. So, in order for us to travel from galaxy to galaxy in the same time-frame in which we travel from state to state or country to country, would take technology far beyond what we have today. But as long as we continue to make advancements in science, we’ll someday make that dream a reality. And I hope we make it a reality really soon.
4 NASA takes up almost a quarter of the government budget? NASA has never had that much money. Not by a long shot. The peak of NASA’s budget was in 1966, when the agency was pushing to complete the Apollo lunar landing by the end of the decade.
At that point, NASA was getting 4.4 percent of the GDP; funding started dropping the next year and has been hovering on average around the 1% mark. The agency has never had 25% of the GDP. But can you image what we could do if we did have that kind of money for space exploration!?
5 There’s no such thing as Zero Gravity. Gravity is everywhere in space. The same force that binds us to the ground, keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth. And keeps the planets in orbit around the Sun. Gravity never takes a break! So, when astronauts look like they’re floating, it’s because they are falling at the same rate as the Space Station or pace ship that they’re in. This is known as Microgravity.
6 There is a dark side of the Moon. Perhaps, brought about by the Pink Floyd album, there’s a myth that says that one side of the Moon is constantly bathed in light while the other is in constant darkness. This isn’t true at all. The Moon is tidally locked to the Earth so one side always faces our planet. This means it orbits its own axis once per Earth month. So, it has a day and a night, just a day that lasts two Earth weeks and a night that lasts the same.
7 Black holes are not super powerful vacuum cleaner. it suck everything in, I mean they are kinda, but they don’t suck anything in, any more than any other giant planetary bodies of similar mass. So, if the Sun got replaced by a black hole of equal mass, all the plant that orbit the Sun wouldn’t just get sucked in instantly. Nothing would really change other than everyone freezing to death.
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