We live in a big big world. While the earth is big, measuring over 7,900 miles in diameter, it’s nothing compared to the universe itself. Our Sun is just an average star, just one of billions in the Milky Way Galaxy, and there are countless galaxies in the known universe. Sound crazy? That’s just one of the mind blowing facts about our universe that will make you realize just how special and unique the world we live in truly is.
1- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is HUGE
2- Earth Shares It’s Orbit Around the Sun
3- A Mars-sized Planet Slammed Into Earth Billions of Years Ago
4- It Takes Charged Particles 170,000 Years Go From The Sun’s Core To The Surface
5- We Know The Exact Distance To The Moon
6- Planetary Discoveries Are Increasing Exponentially
Way back in 1995, the first confirmation of an exoplanet (a planet outside our Solar System) orbiting a main-sequence star was made. A giant planet was found in a four-day orbit around the nearby star 51 Pegasi. Since then, we have come a long way. At last count, mankind as identified over 1,900 of these alien worlds with no signs of stopping. Over 900 of these planets were found in 2014, making scientists wonder just how many will be found in 2015 and in the years ahead.
7- Jupiter Could Have Been A Star
The planet Jupiter is enormous. It has a diameter of 89,000 miles at its equator and, if you could move them, every single planet including fellow gas giant Saturn would fit inside it. The sheer size of Jupiter, and the fact that it is a gas planet, has led many to conclude that it could have been a Star. While this is true, it has been calculated by NASA that Jupiter would need to be 80 times larger in order to become an average sized star. Keep trying Jupiter!
8- Mars Has A Mountain Bigger Than Everest
9- It Takes The Sun A Long Time To Rotate Around The Galaxy
10- The Sun Is Ridiculously Far Away
We all know that the Sun is the star that all the planets in the Solar System revolve around. You might think that the Earth is relatively close given that it just takes just 365 days to make one orbit, but you’d be wrong. The Earth is a whopping 93 million miles from its star. A distance so far that it takes light itself over 8 minutes to reach Earth. It would take a driver traveling at 65 mph an astonishing 163 years to drive to the Sun.
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