29 Spellbinding Space Facts That Prove Earth Is Boring

As residents of the Milky Way galaxy, we live in a galaxy that is over 100,000 light years in diameter with over 800 billion stars and planets. And that’s just the Milky Way — scientists have calculated that there are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Meaning, we inhabit 1 of over 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the universe.

That means there is plenty to learn about — enjoy twenty-nine fascinating space facts from All That Is Interesting that will make your problems feel infinitesimal:

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Andromeda Galaxy

You can see another galaxy with the naked eye: the Andromeda Galaxy, which is 2.2 million light years away.

Cloud On Saturn

There's a 30,000 kilometer hexagonal cloud at Saturn’s north pole.

Space Facts Core Of A Star

The core of a star reaches 16 million degrees Celsius. A grain of sand this hot would kill someone from 150 kilometers away.

Fascinating Space Facts

The sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass of our entire solar system.

Giant Red Spot

The 40,000 kilometer wide Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a persistent storm estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old. To put this in perspective, Earth could fit inside the Great Red Spot 3 times over.

Footprints On The Moon

The moon is the only other world humans have ever set foot on. Because the moon has no atmosphere or wind, the footprints planted on it's dusty surface in 1969 by the Apollo astronauts are still there today, perfectly preserved.

Olympus Mons Volcano

Mars is home to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system. At 21 kilometers high and 60 kilometers wide, Olympus Mons is roughly the same size as Ireland.

Humans Who Have Died Outside Of Earth's Atmosphere

Only three people have ever died outside of the bounds of Earth's atmosphere.

Jupiter Facts

Jupiter is two and a half times bigger than all the other solar system planets combined.

Photon Sun Core To Surface

It takes the average photon 170,000 years to travel from the Sun’s core to the surface.

Photon Sun Surface To Earth

It takes that same photon only 8 minutes to travel from the Sun’s surface to Earth.

Planet Discoveries

In the last 20 years, we’ve discovered more than a thousand planets outside our solar system.

Earth’s Moons

Contrary to popular belief, the Earth has more than one moon. Cruithne (“the Earth’s second moon”) is one of six "quasi-satellite" asteroids that rotate in a near identical orbit to the Earth.

Planet Sizes

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune could all fit in the space between Earth and the Moon.

Size Of Jupiter

More than 1,300 Earths could fit inside of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

Solar Energy

More solar energy reaches Earth’s surface in an hour and a half than we used in all of 2001.

Space Facts

Astronomer Frank Drake proposed the Drake Equation to estimate how many civilizations could exist in our galaxy. The figure is in the millions!

Calculating The Distance To The Moon

Astronauts left a mirror on the Moon’s surface during the Moon landing. Scientists used this mirror to reflect a laser beam which measured the distance between the Moon and the Earth with amazing accuracy.

Lost Star Space Facts

Scientists recently discovered a star that had been lost in the glare of a supernova for 21 years.

Space Facts Sun

The Sun is more than 300,000 times bigger than the Earth.

Space Facts About The Suns Temperature

The Sun’s surface temperature is around 5,500 degrees Celsius (9,941 degrees Fahrenheit).

Mars Sized Object

An object the size of Mars crashed into Earth 4.5 billion years ago.

Moon Temperature

The Moon is very hot during the day but very cold at night: the average surface temperature of the Moon is 107 degrees Celsius during the day and -153 degrees Celsius at night.

Sun Facts

The Sun travels around the galaxy--a journey of 100,000 light years--once every 200 million years.

Tablespoon Of Neutron Star

A tablespoon of neutron star would weigh about ten billion tons.

Black Hole Facts

If you fell into a black hole, you would get stretched out like spaghetti.

Interesting Space Facts About Venus

Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system with an average surface temperature of over 450 degrees Celsius.

Weight Of The Sun

The Sun weighs 2,000 trillion trillion tons – about 300,000 times as much as the Earth – even though it is made almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, the lightest gases in the universe.

Winds On Saturns

Winds reaching up to 1,100 kilometers per hour--ten times stronger than the fastest recorded on Earth--swirl around Saturn’s equator.

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