4 things you never knew about space!
The great vastness that is space has filled humans with questions since Day 1. That said, we have also been able to gather quite a few answers about space, too.
With that in mind, here are a few really fun facts about space that can be used to impress at any gathering:
A year-long day
On the planet Venus, one day takes roughly the same amount of time as one year on Earth. This is to say that the time it takes Venus to do a complete orbit around the Sun is 224.7 Earth days. So, you don’t want to be having a bad day on Venus.
One million Earths
While we once believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, we now know a lot better. In fact, scientists now know that not only is the sun at the center of our solar system, but that the Sun makes up about 99 percent of the mass of our entire solar system. To put this another way, it would take up to one million Earths to fill the same size as the Sun.
You’re taller in space
Thanks to micro-gravity, you are a lot taller when you are in space.This is because, in space, you do not have gravity pushing you down. With this spine straightening experience, scientists on the Space Station have been recorded as being up to 5 cm taller in space.
Mercury is no the hottest planet
While it may make sense that Mercury would be the hottest planet in the solar system thanks to it being the closest to the Sun, this is not true. Mercury does not have any atmosphere, and this means that it only becomes hot during the day. This means when it is directly facing the Sun, the temperatures can reach 425 celsius. However, at night it can also drop down to about -180 celsius. The actual hottest planet in the solar system is Venus. The thick clouds on Venus help trap the Sun’s heat, meaning at any given moment the planet can be up to 500 celsius.