Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today's Trivia - Space

This week’s trivia is useless but interesting information about space...

- There are two golf balls sitting on the moon.

- Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years.

- If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.

- One pinhead of the sun's energy is enough to kill a person at a distance of 160 kilometers.

- The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old.

- The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float.

- Sound doesn't travel in space.

- It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.

- Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.

- The Space Shuttle main engine weighs 1/7th as much as a train engine but delivers as much horsepower as 39 locomotives.

- Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

- Today's top fuel dragsters take off with more force than the space shuttle.

- There are approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. - but over 15,000 astrologers.

- The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

- The typical spec of dust that you see floating in the air is half way in size between the Earth and a subatomic particle.

- The temperature of the earth's interior increases by 1 degree every 60 feet down.

- The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!

- The population of the Earth has more than doubled since 1950.

- The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.

- The heart of an astronaut actually gets smaller when in outer space.

- The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion metric tons)!

- The earth travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour.

- The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September.

- The earth is .02 degrees hotter during a full moon.

- The Earth gets heavier each day by tons, as meteoric dust settles on it.

- The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

- Saturn's rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.

- More than 20 million meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere every day.

- Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!

- Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, is larger than the planet Mercury!

- It takes eight and a half minutes for light to get from the sun to earth.

- In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces!

- If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there's no air pressure.

- Astronauts cannot burp in space.

- Approximately 115 tons of ocean salt spray enters the earth's atmosphere each second.

- Any space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second in order to escape the earth's gravitational pull.

- All of the Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows why.

- A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!

- A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

- A car traveling 100 mph would take more than 29 million years to reach the nearest star (to our solar system)

- A 100-pound person on Earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mars.

- 41% of the moon is not visible from earth at any time.

- Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them.

- Astronauts get taller when they are in space.


  1. Truly fascinating! No triva is useless, especially when it's space trivia :)

    1. That is so true, Jane. I find space to be a fascinating topic.