Astronomy Facts & Trivia
The Sun is growing: In 5 billion years it will be 250 times bigger and close enough to swallow up the Earth. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Refath - New York, United States
Proxima Centauri is the nearest star to us after the Sun. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Joshua - Canada
The star Epsilon Aurigae dims every 27 years due to a mysterious dark object eclipsing it periodically. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Ddsqaw
The 'Great Red Spot' - a storm on Jupiter that has been going on for 300 years - is so big that dozens of Earths would fit into it. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Steady - Malmö, Sweden
A supermassive blackhole is believed to be present in the centre of nearly every galaxy, including our own Milky Way. Submitted by: Mansi Kookani - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
On Mercury during the day, the Sun rises, stops, about-turns and eventually sets where it rose. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Hyde - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Everything moves: Planets move within the Solar System, which moves within Milky Way Galaxy, which moves within The Local Group of Galaxies, which moves towards Virgo Cluster. Submitted by: Nathan Otoo - United States
Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate clockwise (retrograde rotation.) Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Yvonna May
All 27 of Uranus moons are named after William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope characters. Submitted by: Jacob Richard - Tempe, Arizona, United States
With 63 moons, Jupiter has the largest number of moons. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Moi - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are made up of just gas with no solid surface to land on. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: Angel - United States
The temperature on Mercury varies so extremely that it will rise up to 430C during the day and drop as low as -140C at night. Sciensational.comSubmitted by: King Sid - Hyderabad, India
The largest known star Canis Majoris is so big that if our Sun were a ball 117cm (46in) wide, Canis Majoris would be 2.25 kilometers (1.3 miles) wide. Submitted by: Colin - Portland, Oregon, United States.
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.) Submitted 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. Sciensational.com