Hello and warm welcome to all the readers and stargazers join me in the journey of  Unlocking the Universe where we will discuss the 20 fun facts about the wonders of space. From planets to galaxies, learn about the vastness of the universe, and the mysteries of Black holes. We shall Discover the incredible diversity of celestial bodies and the mind-boggling distances between them. So tighten up your seat belt and get ready for a cosmic journey of Unlocking the Universe, So let’s start.

1)Mercury and Venus: The Odd Duo Without Moons in Our Solar System!

Astonishingly, there are 176 confirmed moons orbiting planets in our solar system. Some are even larger than Mercury!

2)When a star gets too near a black hole, it can be ripped apart due to the immense gravitational forces.

For nearly two decades, a group of astronomers watched a star circling a black hole at our galaxy’s core. Recently, the star moved so near that it experienced ‘gravitational redshift.’ This happens when the star’s light loses energy due to the black hole’s intensified gravity.

3)Venus: The Solar System’s Sizzling Hot Champion!

Surprisingly, many believe Mercury holds the title due to its proximity to the sun. But it’s Venus that takes the heat crown! With a thick atmosphere, its ‘Greenhouse Effect’ keeps temperatures a scorching 864°F (462°C) all around the planet.

4)Our solar system is a whopping 4.57 billion years old!

Our solar system’s age is around 4.57 billion years, give or take about 30 million years. In roughly 5 billion years, scientists predict our Sun will grow into a Red Giant. Over 7.5 billion years, its expanding surface will consume Earth.

5)The tallest mountain we’ve found is Olympus Mons on Mars.

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Its summit reaches 16 miles (25 km) in height, nearly three times taller than Mount Everest. Not just lofty, but also wide, spanning 374,015 ft² (114,000 m²) – an expanse as large as Arizona!

6)A light-year is how far light travels in one year.

Light speeds along at approximately 186,411 miles (300,000 km) every second. That’s why a light-year equals about 5,903,026,326,255 miles!

7)The Milky Way galaxy stretches out to 105,700 light-years across.

A modern spacecraft would need a staggering 450 million years to reach the center of our galaxy.

8)The Sun’s weight is a whopping 330,000 times that of Earth’s.

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The Sun is 109 times wider than Earth, fitting 1.3 million Earths inside. It’s super huge, holding 99.85% of our solar system’s mass.

10)Mathematically, white holes are feasible, yet we haven’t discovered any so far.

Imagine a white hole as a theoretical space-time area that can’t be accessed from outside, but matter and light can get out from within it. Essentially, it’s like the opposite of a black hole.

11)Among the planets in our solar system, we have four known gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

A gas giant is a huge planet composed mostly of gases like hydrogen and helium, with a relatively small rocky core at its center.

12)Infinite Stars: More in Space than Grains of Sand on Earth.

The night sky holds ten times as many stars as there are sand grains on Earth. Through a telescope, we can see around 70 sextillion stars shining from our planet. To make it clear, 70 sextillion looks like this: 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

13)The International Space Station holds the record for being the largest human-made thing ever launched into space.

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Stretching about 119 yards (109 meters) in length, the International Space Station (ISS) orbits at around 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. It’s also the third-brightest thing we can see in the night sky.

14)Outer space is just a mere 62 miles away!

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Even though there isn’t an exact border for space, the Kármán line at 62 miles above sea level is commonly seen as the beginning of outer space. This mark is often used in space agreements and for recording aerospace achievements.

15)Stars appear to twinkle because their light gets disturbed as it travels through Earth’s atmosphere.

When starlight enters our atmosphere, it’s influenced by atmospheric winds, various regions, and temperature differences, causing it to flicker.

16)The first black hole ever photographed is a staggering 3 million times larger than Earth.

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In April 2019, a remarkable picture was revealed. Taken by the Event Horizon Telescope, a collaboration of eight telescopes, it showed a halo of dust and gas located 310 million trillion miles away from Earth. This achievement was also made possible thanks to the work of programmer Katie Bouman.

17)The Hubble Space Telescope: A Superstar of Scientific Achievement.

Thanks to Hubble’s data, astronomers have published over 15,000 scientific papers, which have been referenced in other papers around 738,000 times.

18)Believe it or not, the center of the Milky Way has an aroma resembling rum and a flavor reminiscent of raspberries.

The discovery was made using the IRAM radio telescope, which focused on a gas cloud called Sagittarius B2 at the center of our galaxy. In this cloud, the telescope detected a chemical called ethyl formate, responsible for the unique scent of rum and the taste of raspberries.

19)Goodbye, Moon! Drifting 1.6 Inches Away from Earth Each Year.

Scientists anticipate that the Moon will eventually break free from Earth’s gravitational pull, but this is a process projected to occur billions of years from now.

20)The term “astronaut” finds its origins in the meaning “star sailor.

The word “astronaut” comes from two Greek words: “Astron,” meaning “star,” and “nautes,” meaning “sailor.” This makes “astronaut” translate to “star sailor.”

So here is the list of 20 facts about the universe, let us know in the comments if you have more interesting facts on your list.

By Rishiranjan jha

Rishiranjan Jha: Skilled mechanical engineer with five years of experience in design. I'm captivated by the cosmos and have a keen interest in astronomy. Painting is my creative outlet, allowing me to connect with the universe. Engineering, astronomy, and art shape a well-rounded individual driven by exploration, imagination, and a love for the stars.

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