There are not many topics that are more exciting and interesting than space! Space, with it’s planets, twinkling stars, asteroids, and black holes has captivated the heart of many people, old and young. Today, the first Friday in May, is celebrated as International Space Day. A holiday created by Lockheed Martin to encourage interest and celebration of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. (source) It is now celebrated all over the twitter sphere, classrooms, and communities across our country and beyond.
At Conover we are certainly intrigued by Space. We appreciate how there is so much knowledge to be learned about our Universe, and so much knowledge that has yet to be discovered. It is the perfect topic to inspire a new generation of kids (and adults) with the love of learning.
We believe that you are never too old to learn new things. So to celebrate our love of learning, and #Spaceday, we compiled a list of space facts that surprised us and really blew our minds.
Here they are in no particular order:
- There are 190 plus moons in our solar system. Our moon is the fifth largest. (source) The moon is such a bright and important part of our planet. It was surprising to us that in our solar system alone there is close to 200 hundred moons. It makes you wonder how many there might be in the entire Universe.
- Speaking of the moon, it is the only part of space (other than Earth) that any human has set foot on. (source) An amazing human feat. Even more interesting to us, those human footprints on the moon will be there for 100,000,000 years due to the lack of atmosphere. (source)
- Mars is a widely popular planet in science fiction. It has one-third the gravity Earth has, which means that you could literally soar through the air with a single bound. Life on Mars has been widely speculated, but currently it could not support any life. (source) A most astounding fact about Mars we found was about an active volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons. It is three times the size of Mount Everest! (source)
- In 2006, Pluto was reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet. There are four other dwarf planets in our solar system: Ceres, Makemake, Haumea, and Eris. Pluto, Makemake, Haumea, and Eris are all located in the Kuiper Belt a collection of icy bodies that are outside Neptune's orbit. Ceres is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (source)
- One day on Venus is equal to 243 Earth days. Venus rotates very slow on its axis, and in the opposite direction as Earth. It’s year, however, is only 225 Earth days due to the proximity to the Sun. That makes one year on Venus actually 18 days shorter than a day. (source)
In our search for information about Space we found countless facts we were unaware of, as well as a plethora of information that rekindled a passion that we remembered having as kids. Today we hope you foster your own curiosity, and take some time to celebrate and learn about our Universe.