7. The Milky Way, along with our entire Virgo Supercluster of galaxies are being pulled at 600 km/sec toward an unknown object in space called the Great Attractor that has a mass of tens of thousands of Milky Ways.
8. Last year South African and Swedish scientists discovered that dung beetles navigate using the Milky Way for orientation. They are the first animals proven to use our galaxy for navigation.
9. The visible size of the Andromeda galaxy is over 4 times that of our Moon when seen from earth. It is far too faint to be casually observed by the skygazers. To an unaided eye, it just appears as a small, faint, fuzzy patch.
10. Last year, astronomers spotted the oldest and the most distant galaxy ever observed, which is 30 billion light years away from earth. The international team of astronomers observed this galaxy using the Hubble Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. One interesting fact to note here is that the whole universe is just 13.8 billion years old and the astronomers are seeing the galaxy as it was approximately 13.1 billion years ago. It is still 30 billion light years away from earth due to the rapid expansion of the universe.