The largest known star is 4,982,686,912 times bigger than the sun, and is only 9,500 light-years away. If placed at the center of the Solar System, its photosphere would engulf the orbit of Jupiter, although the radius is not known for certain and may be larger than the orbit of Saturn.
Due to the fact that radio broadcasts robust enough to reach deep space was first used in the 1940’s, it is very likely that the first message potential aliens would hear from us would be made by Hitler.
Astronomers have found a planet that rains liquid glass sideways amid 4,500 mph winds.
In 2008, a 30 second Doritos television advertisement was beamed by radar to a solar system 42 light years away.
Scientists have confirmed that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, has a watery ocean.
Saturn’s moon Titan has an unexplained anomaly in its atmospheric composition that is consistent with earlier predictions about life there.
On the first splashdown by a Soviet crew, the Soyuz capsule landed in the middle of blizzard, punched through a frozen lake, went fully underwater and the lake above them froze over partially requiring an intense rescue operation lasting 9 hours under −22 °C.
NASA’s first trip into space was made possible in part by Katherine Johnson, an African American scientist who was in charge of calculating the rocket’s flight trajectory. Her work was so trusted that, even after NASA had switched to computers, they would call on her to check for any mistakes.
“The Blue Marble” is the only whole-earth photo taken by human hands. No one has since been far enough from earth to take a similar picture.
Time runs approximately 0.0000000014 percent slower on the ISS than on earth – after 6 months in the ISS, an astronaut will have aged 0.007 less than someone who had spent 6 months on earth, all due to time dilation.