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Quote of the day December 19th, 2014

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

Albert Einstein

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A bucket filled with earth would Weigh about five times more than the same bucket filled with the substance of the sun. However, the force of Gravity is so much greater on the sun that a man Weighing 150 pounds on our planet would Weigh 2 tons on the sun.
A Pulsar is a small star made up of neutrons so densely packed together that if one the size of a silver dollar landed on earth, it would weigh approximately 100 million tons.
Comets are bodies of ice, rock and organic compounds that can be several miles in diameter.
If the entire solar system were the size of a quarter, the sun would be visible only under a microscope, and the nearest star would be 300 feet away.
No solar eclipse can last longer than 7 minutes 58 seconds because of the speed at which the sun moves.
Scientists believe that hydrogen comprises approximately 90 to 99 percent of all matter in the Universe.
The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon.
The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
A space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second to escape the earth's Gravitational pull. This is equivalent to going from New York to Philadelphia in about twenty seconds.
If you are having problems remembering the planets in their correct order, just remember this sentence "My very educated mother justed served us nine pickles," Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Some parts of the earth receive direct rays from the sun all year and are always warm. Other places receive indirect rays, so the climate is colder.
The typical size of a meteor is about one cubic centimeter, which is equivalent to the size of a sugar cube.
About one-tenth of the earth's surface is permanently covered with ice.
If you dig in your backyard, don’t worry about running into the earth’s core. You’d have to dig a hole 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) deep!
Some scientists believe that the earth began billions of years ago as a huge ball of swirling dust and gases.
The universe is so vast in relation to the matter it contains that it can be compared in the following way: A building 20 miles long, 20 miles wide and 20 miles high that contains 1 grain of sand.
A Comet's tail always points away from the sun.
A Red Giant(a kind of exploded star) has a lower density than any vacuum here on earth.
Astronauts brought back about 800 pounds of lunar rock to Earth. Most of it has not been analyzed.
Each day, Earth accumulate 10 to 100 tons of material.
If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact.
Jupiter is larger than 1,000 Earths.
On its trip around the sun, the earth travels over a million and a half miles per day.
Some large asteroids even have their own moon.
The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
The Star Alpha Herculis is twenty five times larger than the circumference described by the earth's revolution around the sun. This means that twenty five diameters of our solar orbit would have to be placed end to end to equal the diameter of this Star.
The three most recently discovered planets were Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930.
Venus spins in the opposite direction compared to the Earth and most other planets. This means that the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East.
A piece of a neutron star the size of a pin point would way 1 million tons.
If the earth were the size of a quarter, the sun would be as large as a 9 foot ball and would be located a football field distance from the earth.
Saturn’s rings are made up of particles of ice, dust and rock. Some particles are as small as grains of sand while others are much larger than skyscrapers.
The term "honeymoon" is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding.
According to Hawaiian lore, the earth mother Papa mated with the sky father Wake to give birth to the Hawaiian Islands.
If you fold a piece of A4 paper in half 44 times it will reach the moon
Stars come in different colors; hot stars give off blue light, and the cooler stars give off red light.
There are approximately 10,000 pieces of equipment revolving around the earth. About 3,000 of these pieces are satellites, the rest are odd bits of Debris.
A manned rocket reaches the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England.
Halley’s Comet appears about every 76 years.
Our sun and the surrounding planets orbit around the center of the Milky Way galaxy once every 250 million years.
The Sun, composed mostly of helium and hydrogen, has a surface temperature of 6000 degrees Celsius.
A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
According to scientists, Gold exists on Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
Astronomers believe that the universe contains one atom for every 88 gallons of space.
Comet Hale-Bopp is putting out approximately 250 tons of gas and dust per second. This is about 50 times more than most comets produce.
If you pile up the cans of Yeo's products, you would be able to reach the moon.
Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest moon in the Solar System, and is larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto.
Near-Earth asteriods have orbits that cross the Earth’s orbit. These could potentially impact the Earth.
Stars with really strong gravity cause themselves to become smaller and smaller and eventually turn into black holes.
The moon actually has mirrors on it. They were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured.
The saying 'once in a blue moon ' refers to the occurrence of two full moons during one calendar month. The last two occurred in January & March 1999. The next one isn't until the end of 2001.
There are more stars than all of the grains of sand on earth.
When the moon is directly over your head, you weigh slightly less.
All of the stars comprising the Milky Way galaxy revolve around the center of the galaxy once every 200 million years or so.
In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
The Earth orbits the Sun at 66,700mph.
There are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe.
A manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it used to take to travel the length of England by stagecoach.
For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
Our galaxy has approximately 250 billion stars and it is estimated by astronomers that there are 100 billion other galaxies in the universe.
The Sun provides our planet with 126,000,000,000,000 horsepower of energy every day.
A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.
Europa, Jupiter’s moon, is completely covered in ice.
In honor of the original thirteen states, the U.S. $1 bill has the following on the back: 13 steps on the pyramid. The motto above the pyramid has 13 letters (annuity coatis). E pluribus Unum, written on the ribbon in the eagle's beak, has 13 letters. 13 stars appear over the eagle's head. 13 stripes are on the shield. 13 war arrows are in the eagle's left talon.
Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
The Earths core is a ball of Iron-Nickel at 7,000 C and is 80% the size of the moon.
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!
There are over 20 million observable meteors per day.
Approximately 40,000 tons of meteoric dust hits the Earth each year.
It takes about 1.25 seconds for moonlight to reach the Earth.
The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons.
Until the mid sixteenth century, Comets were believed to be not astronomical phenomena, but burning vapors that had arisen from distant swamps and were propelled across the sky by fire and light.
Asteroids and comets are believed to be ancient remnants of the formation of our Solar System (More than 4 billion years ago!).
Jupiter has the shortest day of all the planets. Although it has a circumference of 280,000 miles compared with Earth's 25,000 Jupiter manages to make one turn in 9 hours and 55 minutes.
The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
Venus rotates so slowly that in a typical day lasts approximately 244 Earth days (5,856 hours).
At its center, the sun has a density of over a hundred times that of water, and a temperature of 10-20 million degrees Celsius.
Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
The Moon is moving away from the Earth at about 34cm per year.
You can see stars from the bottom of a well even in day light.
An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.
In Spit Bergen, Norway at one time of the year the sun shines continuously for three and a half months.
The International Space Station orbits at 248 miles above the Earth.
There is a supermassive black hole right in the middle of the Milky Way galaxy that is 4 million times the mass of the Sun.
As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.
It takes only 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, which also means, if you see the sun go out, it actually went out 8 minutes ago.
The largest galaxies contain nearly 400 billion stars.
Uranus' axis is at 97 degrees. which means that it orbits on its side. (Most of the planets spin on an axis nearly perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic but Uranus' axis is almost parallel to the ecliptic.)
All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a hurricane-like storm system that was first detected in the early 1600’s.
There has only been one satellite destroyed by a meteor, it was the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.
A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).
Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
More than 1 million earths would fit inside the sun.
The risk of a falling meteorite striking a human occurs once every 9,300 years.
27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.
Aztecs believed that the sun died every night and needed human blood to give it strength to rise the next day. So they sacrificed 15,000 men a year to appease their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. Most of the victims were prisoners taken in wars, which were sometimes started solely to round up sacrificial victims.
Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.
The nearest known black hole is 1,600 light years (10 quadrillion miles/16 quadrillion kilometers) away.
Our sun has an expected lifetime of about 11 billion years.
At the distance at which our sun is located from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, Earth and the rest of our solar system are moving at a speed of about 170 miles per second around the center.
Lightning bolts can sometimes be hotter than the sun. (about 50 000º F)
The most dangerous asteroids, those capable of causing major regional or global disasters, usually impact the Earth only once every 100,000 years on average.
Your fingernails can turn yellow from wearing nail polish and from the sun.
99% of our solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun.
Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
Moon was Buzz Aldines mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldine was the second man on the moon).
The orbits of most asteroids lie partially between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
A galaxy of typical size, about 100 billion suns produces less energy than a single Quasar.
Every eleven years the magnetic poles of the sun switch. This cycle is called"Solarmax".
Only one or two meteorites per day reach the surface of Earth.
The Sun looks 1600 times fainter from Pluto than it does from the Earth.
At one time the earth consisted of one land mass and a huge body of water. Geologists today call the land Pangaea (from the Greek words "all land" while the water was called Panthalassa (from the Greek words "all sea"). Between 180 and 200 million years ago, Pangaea split into two parts: Laurasia, which consisted of North America, Europe and Asia; and Gondwanaland, which consisted of Africa, South America, India, Antarctica and Australia.
Light reflecting off the moon takes 1.2822 seconds to reach Earth.
The moon weighs 81 billion tons.
You would need to travel at 6.95 miles per second to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. This is equivalent to traveling from New York to Philadelphia in about twenty seconds.

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