– 33 light years away, there is an exoplanet (a planet orbiting a star that is NOT our Sun) completely covered in burning ice.
– According to astronauts, space smells like seared steak, gun powder and welding fumes. They’ve even made a candle meant to smell like space. I imagine it smells like static electricity too.
– 10,000 light years from Earth, there is a cloud of alcohol that is 463,000,000,000 km across. Enough alcohol for 400 trillion-trillion pints.
– If the Andromeda Galaxy were ENTIRELY visible to the naked eye (it’s nucleus and a faint smudge of light is all we can see from Earth on a clear night, with the naked eye) it would appear 4-6 times the size of the full moon. In my long-exposures I believe it appears about 2-3 times the size of the full moon.
– 90% of your body was made in a star. I believe this stat is a little low, but we’ll stick with it. I could see a case being made for 100%.
– Perspective: The amount of time between the existence of Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex are greater than the time between the extinction of the T-Rex and the dawn of the humans.
– If you viewed the universe from inside a black hole, you’d see the entire universe in one small patch of space. Due to the odd physics in black holes, everything would appear to go in extreme fast motion. You would also see the back of your own head.
– If you mixed the entire galactic center into a soup, it would taste like raspberries and smell like rum. Rumor has it you have to be 21 to enter.
– The Earth rotation slows 17 milliseconds per century. The 2011 earthquake in Japan slowed the Earth’s rotation by 1.8 milliseconds. The typical day during the days of the dinosaurs was probably around 22 hours.
– If we somehow magically had a precise and powerful enough telescope placed 22 light years away, we could watch the Apollo landing on the moon, in live action, next year.
– The entire internet is stored and delivered with about 540 billion-trillion electrons, which weigh about 50 grams. The size of a strawberry.
– With out own eyes, we see thousands of star factories that create and churn out the same atoms it took to build your eyes in the first place. These atoms evolved enough to view the same process that created them.
– About 1% of the static/white noise on your TV is caused by Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation leftover from the Big Bang almost 14 billion years ago.