Kenny Boutte-Nears

Look Up


As I get older I am becoming increasingly fascinated with the universe and just how minuscule our world is compared to the vastness of space. On a clear night I find it therapeutic to just stare at the stars in awe. With that said, here are some neat facts about outer space.

  1. Light from some stars takes so long to travel to our eyes that when you look at the star-speckled night sky you’re actually peering deep into the past. NASA’s Hubble Telescope can look as far back as 13 billion years ago.

  2. Outer space is silent. Eerily silent. That’s because sound waves need some sort of medium to travel through. And space is a vacuum. A dark, silent vacuum.

  3. The sun makes up 99.86% of the mass of the solar system. It’s so big that you could squeeze 1.3 million Earths inside of it.

  4. Our sun is one of at least 100 billion stars, just in the Milky Way. There might be as many as three sextillion stars in the universe. That’s 3 followed by 23 zeros, or 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That’s more than all of the grains of sand on Earth.

  5. The Milky Way is a huge city of stars, so big that even at the speed of light it would take 100,000 years to travel across it.

  6. When a massive star explodes, its scrunched up core forms something called a neutron star. Neutron stars are so dense that just a teaspoon of their material would weigh more than Mt. Everest. The explosion can spin the neutron start to mind blowing speeds, up to 600 rotations per second.

  7. Ordinary, observable matter (like stars and planets) makes up a measly 5% of the universe. The other 95% universe is made up of invisible dark energy (68%) and dark matter (27%).

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