12 Space Facts You Did Not Know

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Astronomy is arguably one of the most fascinating scientific subjects. There are millions of stars and worlds out there that we don’t even know about. Here are some awesome space facts that you you can use to impress your friends and family.
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Thousands Of Unknown Planets

We have eight planets in our solar system. However, outside of the solar system we know of, there are thousands of other planets. We have 1800 confirmed new worlds and another 3000 awaiting confirmation. Astronomers are out there always looking for inhabitable worlds.
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Skin On Your Feet Peels Off

As pleasant as this fact is, in a micro-gravity environment, astronauts don’t use their feet to walk. Because of this, their skin on their feet softens and flakes off.
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On Venus A Day Is A Year

As strange as this is, a year on Venus takes 224.7 earth days. However it takes 243 earth days to rotate on the sun axis just once.
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Quarantined After Moon Trip

When Apollo 11 arrived back from the moon they were placed in quarantine. This continued until Apollo 14. After that they learned that there are no deadly diseases on the moon.
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The Sun Is Very Large

To put things into perspective, if we were to compare the size of the earth to that of the sun, you can fit one million earths into the sun. Now that’s a big star. Don’t get too close now.
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You Become Taller In Space

When in space the human spine straightens out because gravity doesn’t push you down. You can be as much as 5cm taller in space.
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Space Isn’t Far

Space is 100km above the earth. So in theory if your car could drive up, you could be in space in less than an hour.
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Moon Looks Bigger On Horizon

When the moon is closer to the horizon it gives the illusion it is larger because it is compared to smaller objects such as buildings.
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Tears Don’t Fall

In space, water floats like bubbles and spheres. What happens when you cry in space is it forms bubbles around your eyes. This can be quite dangerous.
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The North Star Will Charge

The North Star is used for navigation. That Position has been the same for centuries. This will eventually change. Unfortunately we won’t be around to see it. In the year 13727 it will point elsewhere.
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Apollo Didn’t Have Insurance

On the odd chance that the Apollo 11 crew didn’t return home due to death, their life insurance policy wouldn’t cover them. There was no clause for dying on another planet.
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Hot Planet Not Close To Sun

The hottest planet is not the one closest to the sun. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun however it isn’t the hottest. Mercury is only hot in the daytime when facing the sun.
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