25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Universe

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From planets covered in burning ice to diamonds bigger than our entire planet, these are 25 things you didn’t know about the Universe.

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The sun makes up 99% of the mass of the solar system

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There is a planet called HD189733b where it rains glass sideways

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23

It takes a photon, on average, 170,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface.

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Then it takes just 8 minutes from the sun’s surface to your eyes.

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21

Far beyond Neptune, there may be an object the size of Earth orbiting the sun (look up Oort cloud)

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20

There’s a gas cloud in the constellation of Aquila that contains enough alcohol to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

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19

Dung beetles can use the Milky Way to navigate.

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18

33 light years away there is an exoplanet completely covered in burning ice

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If you could compress the Earth down to the size of a marble it would collapse on itself and become a black hole

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About 275 million new stars are born everyday

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15

Olympus Mons, the largest mountain in the universe can be found on Mars. It is 3 times the height of Everest and it basically sticks out of Mars's atmosphere

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Its also so wide that if you were standing on the edge of its caldera, the base of the volcano would be over the horizon.

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13

The Milky Way has four spiral arms, not two.

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According to researchers, the center of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum

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According to astronauts, space smells like seared steak, hot metal, and welding fumes

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10

Earth's rotation is slowing at a rate of about 17 milliseconds a century

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A day on Venus is longer than a year

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8

If you cry in space the tears just stick to your face.

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There is a diamond floating in our galaxy that is bigger than Earth

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6

One spoonful of matter from a neutron star would weigh about a billion tons

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5

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the most distant human-made object from Earth

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It recently captured the most distant photograph of Earth

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Earth has over 8,000 pieces of space junk orbiting around it

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Each year the moon moves 3.8 cm further from the Earth.

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If you could put Saturn in a bathtub it would float

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