9 Mind Boggling Space Facts

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For many years science geeks are making strange and funny discoveries about our space. Some are just a theory; some are proven facts; some are for fun and some of them are scary. Here we are presenting you 9 space facts that will spin your mind:

1.  You become Taller in Space

After many successful missions in Space and successful studies of different astronaut’s bodies (before and after) in research centers, it has been discovered that human body experiences changes in microgravity. One of them is that you become taller in space up to 5cm due to the change in the spine.

2.  Earth is Smoother than a Billiard ba

 

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Seems eccentric, right? But if we see specifications of a ball by World Poll-Billiard Association and keep in mind that Earth is not a perfect sphere. Earth with all its mountains and trenches would fall within the WPA’s specifications for smoothness and it could even be smoother than existing billiard balls.

3.  Saturn and Jupiter’s Diamond rain

It sounds like a wacky fantasy, but scientists believe that it rains diamonds in the clouds of Saturn and Jupiter. Diamonds are made from highly compressed and heated carbon. Theoretically, if you took a charcoal bricked out of your grill and heated it and pressed it hard enough for long enough, you could make a diamond.

4.  Jupiter does not orbit the Sun

Due to its dauntingly massive nature, Jupiter with 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in our solar system combined does not orbit the sun. Insane huh but it is true. Jupiter due to its size pulls the center of mass between itself and the sun resulting in the negation of any center of gravity between them.

5.  Venus spins in the opposite direction

Our neighboring planet Venus is an oddball in many ways. For starters, it spins in the opposite direction from most other planets, including Earth, so that on Venus the sun rises in the west. Not that it happens often: a day there lasts a little more than 243 Earth-days, actually making it longer than a Venusian year, which is only about 224 Earth-days long.

6.  Unnatural distance between Earth and Moon

The Moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. It is revealed that when Moon is at the farthest point from Earth, then all the planets of our Solar System could fit in the space between them.

7.  Milky Way is going to collide in future

9 Mind Boggling Space Facts

4 billion years in future, our galaxy The Milky Way is going to collide with the galaxy named as Andromeda Galaxy. Scary isn’t it? But don’t you worry because this collision will likely displace our Sun into another position but it will not destroy the Earth.

8.  PSR 7468-2446ad – the FASTEST Spinning Neutron Star ever known

Pulsars are spinning neutron stars that sling light mainly white as they spin. The fastest of them was discovered in Terzan 5 (globular cluster of stars). This collapsed star is spinning 716 times per second and it beats the record of 1982 pulsar which has a spin rate of 642 times per second.

9.  Mercury and Ice – an unusual combination

The closest planet to the Sun does indeed have ice on its surface. That sounds surprising at first glance, but the ice is found in permanently shadowed craters – those that never receive any sunlight. It is thought that perhaps comets delivered this ice to Mercury in the first place.

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