Astronomy Facts & Trivia - Page 2
Despite being closest to the sun, Mercury is not the hottest planet. The hottest planet is Venus (at 462 Celsius). Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Erik Halenkamp - Naples, Italy
The Pistol Star is the most luminous star known - 10 million times the power of the Sun and as big as the size of Earth's entire orbit around the Sun. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Ankita, Manaal and Anisha - Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mars is red because its soil is very rusty (iron oxide.) Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Ankita Lalwani - Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Crux is the smallest of modern constellations, with only 4 bright stars. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Chris Jimms
The largest of modern constellations is Hydra. Submitted by: Chris Jimms
Earth is the only planet not named after a Roman or Greek god. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Jacob - Ohio, Unites States.
Saturn's moon Titan has hundreds of times more oil and natural gas than all the known reserves on Earth.
Interstellar space is not complete vacuum: there are a few hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Sruthi R - Coimbatore, India
If a pinhead-size piece of the Sun were placed on Earth, one would have to stand as far as 145 kilometers (90 miles) away to be safe.
Submitted by: Sruthi R - Coimbatore, India
The star "Lucy" in constellation Centaurus is actually a huge cosmic diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Sruthi R - Coimbatore, India
A neutron star has such density that a teaspoonful of its matter would weigh more than all the people on Earth.
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Even though it is closest to the Sun, Mercury has ice in its craters. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Jeuel
Due to its size, Pluto's moon Charon is also considered to be a double dwarf planet (two planets orbiting each other), rather than a moon orbiting its planet. Submitted by: Jeuel
Jupiter is so big that twice the mass of the rest of our Solar System's planets combined would still not be enough to equal its mass. Sciensational.com
Made up of billions of pieces of ice, the average thickness of each of Saturn's seven giant rings only ranges from about 200 to 3000 meters. Sciensational.com
The deepest surface point on Mars is Hellas, about 3 km deep.
Pluto is no longer considered a planet. It is now known as a "Dwarf Planet". Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Saphira - Lancaster, Ohio, United States
The full Moon always rises at sunset and sets at sunrise.
About 1000 Earths would fit inside Jupiter - and the Sun could hold about 1000 Jupiters. Sciensational.com
Voyager 1 spacecraft is the farthest human-made object in the universe. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Hyde