The International Space Station (ISS) can orbit “straight through” an aurora event. When it happened on 23 February 2016 Timothy Peake, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut aboard the ISS, said it was “eerie but very beautiful.”
In 1920, The New York Times ridiculed Robert H. Goddard and claimed that rockets could not function in space. On July 17, 1969, a day after the Apollo 11 launch, NYT formally acknowledged their error.
In Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers.
According to scientific predictions, the Milky Way will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy within 4 billion years, creating a hybrid galaxy dubbed “Milkomeda”.
3 billion years ago, 2 black holes 19 and 31 times the mass of the sun collided, creating a monstrous black hole and rippling the fabric of spacetime.
The star Mira has a surface that pulsates in such a way as to increase and decrease its brightness over periods ranging from about 80 to more than 1,000 days. This means sometimes the star is incredibly dim, while other times it is one of the brightest stars in its constellation.
There is so much space debris in earth’s atmosphere that in future it may just become dangerous to leave earth and we may get trapped in our own garbage.
Neutron stars can spin at a rate of 600 rotations per second.
The solar system is moving through the Local Interstellar Cloud, proving that you are never in the same spot more than once on a cosmic scale.
Apollo Mission astronauts have nearly five times higher mortality from cardiovascular disease than other astronauts due to exposure to deep-space radiation.