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For many people astronomy is an interesting science filled with many astronomy fun facts. Information such as though a planet’s orbit other stars, were the way galaxies are made up, is included. Bees facts can be entertaining and enlightening.
Fun events of astronomy about our own star, the sun, are almost endless. Our own star that supplies our heat and light is between 91 and 94.5 million miles from Earth. It’s not that nobody knows for certain. It’s that the Earth orbits the sun in an elliptical, uneven, orbit. The distance between us grows larger and smaller throughout the year.
The size of our son also provides many astronomy fun facts. It’s contains 98% of all the stuff in the solar system, even though it’s not large for a star. That means the earth, even with massive Jupiter on our side, is only 2%. About 100 Earths side to side would stretch across the face of the sun. An AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun. The solar winds extend 50 AU’s from the sun.
Shall we turn to some fun events of astronomy that don’t have to do with the sun? What about the moon? It’s the only non-Earth object upon which man has walked. One fellow went there and stayed. Dr. Eugene Shoemaker loved the moon but was rejected as an astronaut. But when he died he was cremated and his ashes spread over the moon in 1999.
There are even more astronomy fun facts covering the moon. It’s the site of what may become the oldest footprint. Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind left a print in the moon dust that will like still be there in 10 million years. Believe it or not, as of 1988, 13% of people still believed the moon is made of green cheese. And finally the suits worn by the moon walking astronauts weighed 180 pounds on Earth but only 30 pounds on the moon. I’d bet the astronauts thanked their lucky stars for that.
Fun events of astronomy aren’t limited to our close neighbors. Looking at stars is like looking into the past. It can take millions of years foe light from some stars to reach us. Some stars we see may no longer even be there. The number of stars in the sky is expressed by a one with 22 zeros following it. That is huge.
Astronomy fun facts could fill volumes and volumes. But this article has to end. Learn more for yourself.
I hope the information in this article was helpful and I thank you for taking your time to read.
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Exoplanet, thick atmosphere – Artist’s Impression http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/681727main_kepler47_art_full.jpg [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle]
Exoplanet, Earth-like – Artist’s Impression http://www.gemini.edu/images/pio/News/2014/pr2014_03/AAAS/quintana4HR.jpg [credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech]
James Webb Space Telescope http://www.stsci.edu/~levay/presres/jwst/jwst05_new-config.jpg [credit: Northrop Grumman Space Technology]
Hubble’s High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2015/02/ [credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler]
Bennu’s Journey http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=20220 [credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab]
Wedding Lanterns https://www.flickr.com/photos/jirka_matousek/12431704084 [credit: Jirka Matousek]
Balloon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Echo#/media/File:Echo_II.jpg [credit: NASA]
Naked-eye Venus photo taken by Phil Plait
Cygnus Reentry https://www.flickr.com/photos/astro_alex/14760660030/in/set-72157645670772466/ [credit: ESA/NASA]
Moon http://www.eso.org/public/archives/images/large/potw1023a.jpg [credit: G. Gillet/ESO]
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Beyond the Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqX9vLj3_7w [credit: NRAO]
Barred spiral bares all http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1035a/ [credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA]
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Everything, The Universe…And Life: Crash Course Astronomy #46