Space is super weird. It smells funny, it’s full of odd shapes, and it’s much more gross than you could have ever imagined. There are so many surprising facts about outer space that just seem made up, like the fact that it smells like raspberries, or that Saturn’s rings disappear. As weird as that space trivia sounds, it’s 100% true. Historical theories about space are absolutely bonkers, but as bananas as they sound, they’re not far off from some of the surprising space facts that you’ll find on this round up of super weird ephemera about the solar system.
Outer space is super creepy. It’s an empty expanse of dust, gaseous beings, and dead satellites floating in their own graveyards. You may find many of the following space facts to be awe inspiring, but there are a few pieces of knowledge on here that will definitely make you change your mind about booking a ticket to Mars any time soon. Unless you like the idea of midnight ice bursts and the possibility of suffocating in your sleep.
There's A Giant Swirling Hexagon On Saturn
Have you looked at Saturn recently? If not, then you definitely haven't noticed the giant swirling hexagon decorating the planet's north pole. Is it a sign from Saturn's natives warning us that they have a large geometric shape at their disposal and plan to use it at will? Is it a portal to another dimension? Are scientists just imagining the hexagon? The hexagon cloud was first discovered in 1988. Scientists know it's 20,000 miles wide and is about 60 miles deep, but what is it? The science community thinks it has something to do with a jet stream air current that flows upward on the edges of the hexagon, but that's about all they know.Is this a cool fact?
99% Of Our Solar System’s Mass Is The Sun
Defining the weight of the solar system, a complex and amorphous expanse of matter, is almost impossible. Planets, moons, and stars aren't weighed by their weight, but instead their weight is determined by their gravitational force. For instance, the Earth weighs 5.972 x 10^24 kg. That's a lot of kilograms! But it's still nowhere near as close as the sun, which makes up 99% of all the mass in the Solar System. The core of the sun is a dense collection made up of hydrogen, helium, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen all swirling together in one massive nuclear fusion.Is this a cool fact?
Spending Time In Space Crushes Your Body
As cool as it would be to go to space, it turns out that spending a large amount of time in zero gravity can have adverse effects on the way your body operates. Astronaut Scott Kelly discovered this unfortunate fact after spending 520 days in space. Kelly's readjustment to Earth's gravity left him incapacitated, feverish, and with swollen legs.
Kelly wrote about his experience of attending a dinner party 48 hours after returning to Earth for The Age: "All my joints and all of my muscles are protesting the crushing pressure of gravity. I'm also nauseated, though I haven't thrown up." Kelly spent so much time in space to see if astronauts could survive a trip to Mars without any serious physical or psychological effects, and it seems that anyone making that trip is going to have to endure some long-term physical issues.Is this a cool fact?
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There's No Crying In Space
No matter how sad or lonely astronauts may get while they're orbiting the earth, they try to keep their emotions bottled up so as not to cover their eyeballs in disgusting tears. In zero gravity, there's nowhere for tears to go so they just congeal over your eye like some kind of grosser, soaking wet, version of rheum. NASA spacewalk officer Allison Bollinger explained, "They actually kind of conglomerate around your eyeball." Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explained the phenomena on Twitter to an emotionally curious fan.Is this a cool fact?