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20 Bizarre Space Facts That Defy Belief

By Jake Beardslee · March 6, 2024

In terms of size, if Earth was a tennis ball, the Sun would be 24 feet wide and 0.5 miles away.  NOAASatellites/Wikimedia

If the vast Milky Way galaxy were scaled down to the size of a single tennis ball, the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy (M31) would be situated a mere 5.6 feet away.  David (Deddy) Dayag/Wikmedia

The first stars formed about 200 million years after the Big Bang.  NASA/WMAP Science Team/Wikimedia

The International Space Station orbits Earth once every 90 minutes.  NASA/Crew of STS-132/Wikimedia

It would take 9 years of continuous walking to reach the Moon.  Paramanu Sarkar/Wikimedia

Mars appears red due to iron oxide (rust) on its surface.  USGS/Wikimedia

Mercury has extreme temperatures from -280°F at night to 800°F during the day.  Lunar and Planetary Institute from Houston, TX, USA/Wikimedia

The Andromeda Galaxy is 14.7 billion billion miles away, yet still visible to the naked eye.  David (Deddy) Dayag/Wikimedia

The Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, but also 400 times farther away, making them appear the same size.  Annatsach/Wikimedia

Jupiter, the gas giant, reigns supreme as the largest planet in our solar system, possessing such a colossal size that it could accommodate the remaining seven planets within just 70% of its immense volume.  NASABrian0918 at English Wikipedia/Wikimedia

Stars only appear to twinkle due to atmospheric distortion of their light.  NASA Hubble/Wikimedia

Of the 9,113 officially designated features on the Moon's surface, a mere 421, or 4.6%, are not impact craters, a testament to the Moon's heavily cratered landscape.  NASA (photo by Apollo 11)/Wikimedia

Traveling to the nearest star system by car at a speed of 70 mph would be an unfathomable journey, requiring more than 356 billion years to reach the destination, underscoring the vast distances that separate us from even our closest stellar neighbors.  ESA/Hubble/Wikimedia

Neptune's moon Triton has an average surface temperature of -391°F, the coldest in the solar system.  A loose necktie/Wikimedia

A half Moon is only 10% as bright as a full Moon.  Devin.Shaw/Wikimedia

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a massive anti-cyclonic storm, rotates once approximately every six days and is situated 22 degrees south of the planet's equator, a celestial phenomenon visible even from Earth.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran/Wikimedia

If you dug a tunnel through Earth, you'd exit the other side in 42 minutes at 17,670 mph.  U.S. govt./Wikimedia

To escape Earth's gravity, a spacecraft needs to reach over 25,000 mph.  NASA/Wikimedia

The light from a star situated 31.7 light-years away takes a staggering 1 billion seconds, or approximately 31.7 years, to reach Earth.  Yuriy Stolypin/Wikimedia

Venus, often referred to as Earth's "twin," boasts the hottest surface temperature in our solar system at a scorching 863°F (462°C), a result of its dense atmosphere trapping an abundance of the Sun's heat.  NASA/Wikimedia