After L. Ron Hubbard's death in 1986, the Church of Scientology officially claimed that he voluntarily abandoned his physical body after it became an impediment to his work, and that he had left Earth to do scientific research on another planetβ€”having "learned how to do it without a body". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._…
The orbit of Mercury follows a unique pattern different from other planets which remained unexplained until Einstein’s theory of bending space time due to large nearby gravitation. Previous theory was there was another planet between mercury and the sun, Vulcan. aether.lbl.gov/www/classe…
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
Today I learned about Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unable to return, he stayed in space for 10 months. He was supposed to do military service during that time. The army almost issued a desertion warrant until they realised he wasn't on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Mercury is thought to be the almost-exposed core of a planet that was 4.5x bigger before a collision with another proto-planet that blew away most of its crust and mantle space.com/26447-mercury-c…
Instagram racked up $20 billion in ad revenue in 2019, handily eclipsing YouTube's $15.1 billion -- yes, the most popular video site on the planet wasn't as lucrative as a photo-focused social network. engadget.com/2020-02-04-i…
A freshwater lake in Canada is one of only a few lakes in the world to contain living coral reef like structures believed to resemble early life on earth or life on other planets. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Uranus is the only planet that rolls horizontally as it orbits the sun, due to an early planetary collision that knocked it sideways cosmoquest.org/x/365dayso…
Sun isn't center of the solar system and actually orbits the real center - all objects in our system (especially Jupiter) influence the barycenter which planets and sun orbits. inverse.com/science/cente…
The moon, Ganymede, is larger than Mercury and would be classed as a planet if it were orbiting the Sun rather than Jupiter. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
The crew of Planet Earth II gathered to film the mass birthing of Saiga Antelope in Kazakhstan. Within a ten day period, they witnessed the death of approx 200,000 antelope. Scientists believe a natural bacterium found in the animals’ respiratory system caused the mega-death. biosphereonline.com/2020/…
Even though Pluto has a larger surface area, the dwarf planet can fit within Russia’s borders rbth.com/science-and-tech…
Today I learned about the Kessler Syndrome: as more debris is sent up into orbit, more collisions occur that creates more debris leading a cascade of dangerous space debris that could trap us on this planet forever. spacelegalissues.com/spac…
The iconic picture of Earth coined, 'The Blue Marble", was the first picture that viewed the entire planet as a whole and was only possible due to the sun being behind the Apollo 17 crew. Originally, the image was South up with Antarctica on top, but NASA flipped it to be more recognizable. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Galileo was the first to confirm the Moon's rough and uneven surface using a specially-engineered telescope and the first to find sunspots. Both findings, in addition to his observation of Jupiter's moons revolving the planet, helped disprove Aristotle's theory of a geocentric universe. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
Ancient Romans used urine as mouthwash. Urine contains ammonia, which is one of the best natural cleaning agents on the planet. pediatricdentalcare.com/b…
Termite queens are the longest living insect on the planet. Living on average up to 15 years with some scientists suggesting they can live up to 50-100 years old. si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/…
Research suggests that a future Martian colony should grow and develop completely independently from Earth. Its members would relinquish their Earthly citizenship, have no nation on Earth to answer to, and only establish diplomatic and economic relations with new crews that land on the planet. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Project Retro, an idea proposed by the US Air Force around the 1960's that called for a thousand rocket engines to be strapped to the equator of Earth which would allow the US to slow/stop the rotation of the planet in an effort to "dodge" Soviet ICBMs. boingboing.net/2019/02/12…
Chinese Paddlefish, one of the largest freshwater fishes, found mainly in the Yangtze river in China has been declared extinct in the wild after surviving 150 million years on this planet due to overfishing and construction of the Gezhouba Dam. youtu.be/7QcOprNyTEo
George Adamski claimed that he met with extraterrestrials and that every planet in our solar system was populated with human-like inhabitants, as was the dark side of the earth’s moon. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands invited him to her palace in 1959 to discuss extraterrestrial doings history.com/news/george-a…
Eris is the most massive and second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
If every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each with a trillion people who had a trillion decks of cards & they manage to make 1,000 unique shuffles 1,000 times per second & had been doing so since the Big Bang, they'd only just now start to repeat shuffles. youtube.com/watch?v=SLIvw…
The planet Earth is approximately halfway between the formation of the previous super continent "Pangea", which formed about 300 million years ago and existed until about 150 million years ago, and the next possible super continent, which may form in the future in about 250 million years needforscience.com/geolog…
There are 5 celestial bodies in our solar system categorised as dwarf planet according to International Astronomical Union definitions with Ceres being nearest to Earth situated in the asteroid belt. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_…
Even though Jupiter is a massive planet, a day on Jupiter only lasts about 5 hours because it's rotating at 28,000 MPH. By comparison, Earth rotates at only 1,000 MPH. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jup…
If Pluto was recognized as a planet, then there should be 4 other dwarf planets added to the planet list: Ceres, Haumea, Makemake and Eris. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Tim Roth passed on the role Of Snape In Harry Potter to be in Planet of the Apes cinemablend.com/news/1680…
Today I learned about the sci-fi novel "Across the Zodiac" by Percy Greg published in 1880, notable for being the first instance of an alien language in an English novel, the first recorded instance of "astronaut", and the progenitor of the "sword-and-planet" genre of science fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Due to the structure of Planet Earth, there are actually subterranean mountains some 410 miles down below the surface, with some being taller than Mount Everest. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Duke Nukem's original developer, Apogee Software, feared they would be sued due to the Captain Planet and the Planeteers animated series featuring a character with the same name. They renamed the 2.0 version of its game Duke Nukum because of this. It turned out the name was not registered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
Air Bud, about a dog who plays basketball, has 13 sequels. In the last one, 'Super Buddies', Bud's 5 puppies acquire magic rings that grant them superpowers and use them to defeat the warlord Commander Drex from the planet Inspiron en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Cryovolcanoes are volcanoes that erupt water, ammonia, or methane. They don't exist on Earth, but they are present on colder planets and moons like Pluto and Ceres. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
The moon's mass is about 1/81 of earth's mass and the pair behaves more like a double planet system large.stanford.edu/course…
Van Gogh's The Starry Night actually includes the planet Venus in the night sky depiction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
While the dwarf planet beyond Pluto is officially named Eris, and its moon is Dysnomia, they are unofficially called Xena and Gabrielle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
George Lucas originally envisioned the planet Tatooine in Star Wars to be a jungle planet, but the idea of having to film in a jungle made him feel "itchy," so he decided to make it a desert planet instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
If every human on the planet jumped at the same time it would have the same effect on moving the Earth as a feather landing on the Hoover Dam. youtu.be/jHbyQ_AQP8c
Measured from the earth's core, Mount Everest is not the tallest mountain on the planet. Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Russia is so large, that not only does it take up 1/8th of the land on Earth, but the country alone is bigger than the planet Pluto. businessinsider.com/more-…
Humans are better at endurance running than any other animal on the planet businessinsider.com/how-h…
Hydrogen exists as a metal on other planets wikipedia.org/wiki/Metall…
The gravity constant, G was not known in Newton’s time, meaning the masses of the planets could not be directly computed. Newton got around this issue by expressing the masses of planets in terms of the mass of the sun maa.org/press/maa-reviews…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
Today I learned that the release of Little Big Planet was delayed by a week because of the inclusion of music with arabic lyrics from the Quran en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
There is ice on the surface of Mercury despite it being the closest planet to the sun in our solar system and therefore one of the hottest space.com/18695-water-ice…
The Giant Squid sees the world with Eyes the Size of Soccer Balls. They're at least 25 centimetres (10 inches) across, making them the largest eyes on the planet. Even the blue whale – the largest animal that has ever existed – has measly 11-centimetre-wide eyes. youtu.be/dRK4oYjPrF0
In 1638 Bishop John Wilkins – an English clergyman, naturalist, and member of The Royal Society – wrote A Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet, in which he predicted a human colony on the Moon. universetoday.com/121140/…
That, in 1846, planet Neptune's exact location was predicted by three astronomers studying the eccentric orbits of several distant asteroids. The data hinted at the presence of a giant, distant planet. Neptune was found on the very first night, only 1Β° off its predicted position. earthsky.org/human-world/…
The north pole of Mars is surrounded by a flat and featureless lowland, several kilometers lower the mean height of the planet, called Vastitas Borealis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
Kepler-62e is one of several recently discovered water world planets in the habitable zone of its parent star youtu.be/qhLExhpXX0E?t=36…
Today I learned about Superhabitable planets. This is a recent definition/category of planets or moons that must meet much more criteria than just being in the "Habitable Zone/Goldilocks Zone". No planet or moon has met these criteria as of yet, although the planet Kepler-442b is the closest to this definition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Our solar system's planet configuration is quite unusual and that it is more common for extrasolar planetary systems to have larger planets close to their suns, as opposed to our solar system which has small terrestial planets closer in, followed by the gas giants further away blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned of Planet Nine - A hypothetical, 10x Earth-sized planet within our solar system that orbits around the sun every 15k years. This hypothesis is currently supported by Jim Green, director of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and professor Tom Levenson of MIT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
A piece of Martian meteorite is being returned to the red planet by NASA - this is the first time humans will bring a rock back to the surface of its original celestial body nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2…
The amount of arable land (land that crops can grow on) per person on the planet is .19 hectacres, less then half a football field (excluding endzone). data.worldbank.org/indica…
Today I learned about the dwarf planet Chiron in our solar system. It orbits our sun between Saturn and Uranus and even has its own rings. The orbit of Chiron is highly eccentric, which makes scientists speculate it may originate from outside our solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/206…
If you stand on Mercury, experiencing a day, from sunrise to sunrise, will take two full orbits around the sun, and three full rotations of the planet. eso.org/public/outreach/e…
In the early 19th-century the planet "Vulcan" was believed to actually exist in our solar system. Oddities in the orbit of Mercury led mathematicians to predict the presence of another planet closer to the sun. Later, Einstein's new theories of relativity helped disprove that hypothesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
The north pole of the planet is actually a magnetic south pole right now, but it is still referred to as β€œmagnetic north” to correspond with our geographic measurements smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
If you were born between August 17, 1966 and August 1, 1991 Pluto spent more time as the 8th farthest planet than the 9th farthest planet during your lifetime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
Astronomers discovered a bizarre rogue planet wandering the Milky Way. The free-range planet, which is nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter and does not orbit a star, also displays stunningly bright auroras that are generated by a magnetic field 4 million times stronger than Earth's. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
In 2013 a petition requesting that the United States Government build a Death Star reached 25,000 signatures, the threshold requiring the White House office to make a response. One part of the response was, "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." space.com/19246-death-sta…
Almost all pictures we see of Venus are filtered for more cloud detail, or remove all clouds completely. Viewed naturally the planet appears bright white and nearly featureless due to the complete cloud cover. planetary.org/blogs/emily…
Today I learned about the Fermi Paradox, a concept from the 1950s named after Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, that highlights the apparent disparity between estimates of intelligent life on other planets and a conspicuous lack of such evidence thus far in our exploration. britannica.com/story/the-…
Today I learned of Movile Cave in Romania that was separated from the outside world for 5.5 million years until 1986. It is home to 33 species found no where else on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
The common pigeon is the 7th fastest animal on the planet. The cheetah ranks 12th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
Today I learned that, if it weren't for Planet of the Apes (2001 film), Mark Wahlberg could have been "Rusty" Ryan (Ocean's Eleven) and Tim Roth, Severus Snape (Harry Potter). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of Movile Cave. Life in the cave has been separated from the outside for the past 5.5 million years and it is based completely Chemosynthesis. The atmosphere deep in the cave it like an alien planet, and more than 30 of the species found inside cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
The closest star besides the sun is Proxima Centauri, which is 4.244 light years away. A rocky and temperate planet called Proxima Centauri b orbits it. With current technology, it would take 165,000 years to reach it. alansfactoryoutlet.com/44…
Martian sunsets would appear bluish to human observers watching from the red planet solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Pluto was named by 11-year-old Venetia Burney. After her grandfather read about the discovery, Venetia, who enjoyed mythology, said the planet was in a region similar to the dark, remote underworld ruled by the Roman god Pluto. Her grandfather then contacted astronomers suggesting the name. astronomy.com/year-of-plu…
There is a mine in Canada with enough arsenic to kill every human on the planet. aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/110…
The Volcanic Eruption of Krakatoa Indonesia On 27th August 1883 with an explosion the equivalent power of 150 million tonnes of TNT. The eruption was so loud that the sound was heard over a twelfth of the Earth’s surface, the shockwaves reverberated around the entire planet, seven times. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
The Ewoks from Return of the Jedi were based on the Vietcong guerillas who faced a more technologically advanced foe but originally the events on Endor were to be set on the Wookie home planet. It was changed because Wookies had become technologically skilled over the evolution of the series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewo…
Today I learned about the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. It's not only responsible for the exploration of outer space, but is also the bureau that will start communication with aliens if some would visit our planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Ganymede, Jupiter's moon, is the largest moon in the solar system and is larger than Mercury and Pluto. Also it is only slightly smaller than Mars and if it were orbiting the Sun rather than Jupiter, it would be classified as a planet itself. youtu.be/K_JQqXdrNI8
Planets and stars actually orbit around their common center of mass. This common center of mass is called the barycenter. As a result, the barycenter of Jupiter and the sun isn’t in the center of the sun. It’s actually just outside the sun's surface! spaceplace.nasa.gov/baryc…
Astronomers discovered a bizarre rogue planet wandering the Milky Way in 2018. The free-range planet, which is nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter and does not orbit a star, also displays stunningly bright auroras that are generated by a magnetic field 4 million times stronger than Earth's. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
Jupiter is no longer considered to be the planet with the most moons. With a recent find of 20 additional moons, Saturn surpasses Jupiter with 82 moons, compared to Jupiters measly 79. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Pluto is often referred to as a "double planet" Its primary moon Charon (funnily enough pronounced Kar-en), is almost half the size of Pluto...yet exerts such an impact on Pluto that they actually orbit each other. solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
As a percentage of its core, Mercury is the most metal planet in the solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Posadism, a current of communism believed that visiting aliens from other planets must live in highly advanced communist societies and are bound to help earth-based communists in bringing an interplanetary communist revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Ceres, the largest asteroid ever discovered, is also classified as a dwarf planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
Actor Jason Schwartzman was the drummer for Phantom Planet who were famous for the intro to the OC. He is also Nic Cage and Sofia Coppola's cousin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
The blue whale is not only the largest animal currently on the planet, but the largest animal to have ever existed wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_w…
It's law in New Mexico that Pluto is still a planet when it passes over the state. nerdist.com/article/pluto…
Of the 5000 or so species of mammals on the planet only female humans have permanent breasts. businessinsider.com/why-a…
Today I learned of the Giant Impact hypothesis, where a Mars-sized planet, Theia, is theorized to have collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago. The debris from both planets eventually coalesced to form the Moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Scientists managed to capture an image of a newborn planet that was still forming in the disk of gas and dust around its star. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Galaxies can have "satellite galaxies" that orbit them like planets orbit stars. The Milky Way has about 50 satellite galaxies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
A tablespoonful of neutron star placed on Earth's surface would weigh as much as Mount Everest (whereas a tablespoonful of the Sun would weigh about 5 pounds). If the neutron star sample suddenly appeared on Earth, it would cause a giant explosion, vaporizing a good chunk of our planet with it. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
There are 18 types of ice crystal including recently confirmed Ice XVIII or Supersonic Ice. It exists under extreme pressure, is black, very hot, and heavier than regular ice. Scientists believe it's the most abundant form of water in the universe and is found deep in icy planets like Uranus. quantamagazine.org/black-…
The Moon is farther away from Earth than most people realize. The Moon is an average of 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) away. That means 30 Earth-sized planets could fit in between Earth and the Moon. The Moon is slowly moving away from Earth, getting about an inch farther away each year. solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
Mars only gets close enough to Earth to give up much detail just once every 780 days. It’s the only planet to reveal an appreciable amount of surface detail in a small telescope, and it also features occasional surprises such as dust storms and local fogs and cloud banks cosmicpursuits.com/2183/h…
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is both the most expensive European and independent film ever made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
The Antikythera Mechanism is the world's first (analog) computer, calculating the positions of stars and planets accurate to 1 degree in 500 years, and was made 1500 years before Keppler was even born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…

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