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17 facts about space that will totally blow your mind

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A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus.

1. We can experience a solar eclipse because the sun is exactly 400 times the size of the moon, but the moon is 400 times closer to the earth.

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True, you owe one of the most amazing natural phenomena to simple geometry. Because the proportions match so well, in a total solar eclipse the moon moves completely in front of the sun. But because of the changing orbit of the moon, it will no longer be able to completely block out the sun in around 50 million years.

2. The sun takes up more than 99% of the mass of our solar system.

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The sun is fucking HUGE. The rest of the mass of the solar system is distributed over the eight planets and their own small moons, comets, asteroids as well as dust and gas particles around the sun.

3. And if the sun were as big as a normal front door, then the earth would be the size of a 5-cent piece.

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Hey guys, we live on a tiny planet. So tiny that more than a million earths would actually fit in the sun.

4. There is an asteroid that has rings like Saturn.

Chariklo is a "little object" (isn't that all of us?) That has two rings of ice around it. It orbits between Saturn and Uranus and has a diameter of only 150 miles.

5. There is also a planet made of diamonds that is twice the size of the earth.

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The "super earth", also known as 55 Cancri e, is most likely covered by graphite and diamond, which makes our mud and water planet look like a total lush.

6. And it rains diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn.

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Diamond hailstones are formed when “thunderstorms convert methane into soot (carbon), which when it falls hardens first into graphite and then into diamond chunks,” explains the BBC. The largest diamonds are about an inch in diameter.

7. Oh, and there is another planet that is raining glass horizontally.

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In 2013, the Hubble telescope found a blue planet that looks pretty similar to Earth - except for the fact that it is 1,000 degrees Celsius there and it rains glass horizontally at a speed of around 2,700 km / h.

8. All of space is almost completely silent.

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Nobody can hear you scream in space, but nobody can hear anything anyway. There are a few vibrations and sound waves that are imperceptible to humans, but overall, space is a vacuum and damned still.

9. One of Saturn's moons is walnut-shaped because it absorbed a few rings of Saturn.

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Look at this little planet! Pan's pronounced edge at the equator comes from the moon's orbit collecting some of the particles repelled by Saturn's rings. Scientists first developed the theory that Pan might have an irregular shape in 2007, but it went unconfirmed until it was first photographed in March 2017.

10. The largest asteroid in the solar system has a diameter of no less than 530 kilometers.

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His name is Vesta, and yes, 530 kilometers is really big - that's roughly the distance between Berlin and Vienna as the crow flies.

11. All the planets in the solar system would fit between the earth and the moon.

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And there was still about 8,030 kilometers of space!

12. Mars is only inhabited by robots.

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There are currently about six spaceships on the red planet, which means Martians are nothing more than robots. Right???

13. There are more trees on earth than stars in the Milky Way.

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Fact: There are about three TRILLION trees on our beautiful planet and only a measly 100 to 400 billion stars in the galaxy.

14. But there are far more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth.

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The universe extends far beyond the Milky Way because it is ... everything. It can be difficult to guess how many stars are out there because we don't know how big the universe is is, but scientists estimate that the number is around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or one quadrillion stars. That's huge, especially when compared to the seven trillion and five hundred trillion grains of sand on earth.

15. Olympus Mons on Mars is so large at its base that a visitor to its summit would not know that it is standing on a mountain because the slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planets.

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It is the highest known mountain in the solar system. That means that he has some pretty impressive statistics: his foot is the size of Arizona, the whole part is almost 16 miles high and has eight kilometers of cliffs in the lower part.

16. A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus.

It takes Venus 243 earth days to turn completely around its own axis, but only 225 earth days to orbit the sun. I get a headache just thinking about it.

17. The boot prints from the moon landing are likely to be around three million years from now.

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There is no wind or water erosion on the moon, so if a meteorite doesn't strike and wipe out the footprints, they could be there ... forever.

This article first appeared in English.