When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. olympic.org
Asphalt is the most recycled material on the planet, with 80% of North American asphalt being recycled annually ehstoday.com/archive/arti…
The TV show Mork & Mindy is a spinoff of a specific episode of Happy Days, which featured Mork trying to take Richie back to his home planet. The show was trying to capitalize on the popularity of the recently released Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
There are locations on planet Mercury where during a day the sun will appear to pause, reverse direction, then continue forward again as it moves across the sky. This happens as the planet’s angular orbital velocity and angular rotational velocity flip as it crosses perihelion space.com/29265-mercury-p…
That only in 1992 we confirmed there are planets beyond our solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exo…
Today I learned about PayPal accidentally crediting $93 quadrillion to a man's PayPal account, which is an amount 1000 times the planet's entire GDP newsfeed.time.com/2013/07…
Saturn is the only planet in our solar system whose average density is less than water. The giant gas planet could float in a bathtub if such a colossal thing existed. astrokramkiste.de/saturn
Gustav Holst composed an orchestral suite, The Planets, with seven movements, one for each of the non-Earth planets. The piece was composed in the 1910s and Pluto was excluded because it wasn't discovered until 1930. The piece remains accurate even today... for now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The sounds we hear in nature documentaries,including popular ones like Planet Earth II,are almost always created by Foley artists in studios with commonplace objects.Eg.Magnetic film tape are used to create the sound of a spider walking and a slinky to make the web shooting sounds. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Pluto takes 248 Earth years to complete one orbit around the Sun. From the time it was discovered (1930) to the time it was stripped of its 'Planet' status, the dwarf planet hadn't even made a full trip around the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
While the Americans sent space probes to Mars, the Soviets sent many probes to Venus, of which 8 of them successfully landed on the Venusian surface and took the first measurements and pictures of the planet’s surface, showing Venus to be a hot, hellish wasteland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Astronomer Fritz Zwicky - the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas, and neutron stars - wrote in 1961 that the way to reach other stars is by accelerating the sun via nuclear fusion, and having it drag all the planets along. He warned that if the US didn't pursue this, the Russians would io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-co…
Today I learned of Joan Quiqley, an astrologer and secret "advisor" to the Reagan White House. "Virtually every move" the Reagans made was cleared through her to "make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
A lava planet is a hypothetical type of terrestrial planet, with a surface mostly or entirely covered by molten lava. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Giuseppe Piazzi, following his discovery of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, had difficulty tracking its position given the lack of data. Carl Friedrich Gauss, upon hearing this, worked for three months on the problem and successfully predicted its position within half a degree a year after discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
Genetically, every person is only 0.1% different from every other person on the planet. genome.gov/17516714/2006-…
The International Space Station is in constant free fall towards our planet, and only stays at altitude because its horizontal velocity keeps it ahead of the curvature of the earth. youtu.be/GXzLPIl3-io
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world nasa.gov/press-release/na…
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._…
According to an index developed in 2015, Earth is not the most habitable planet found yet. Kepler-442b, a rocky near-Earth-sized exoplanet that is 1206 light-years away from Earth and orbits within its star's habitable zone, has a rating of 0.836. On the other hand, Earth has a rating of 0.829. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kep…
That, by the time dinosaurs roamed on Earth, our planet took 23 hours to rotate on its axis. space.com/amp/24871-does-…
Today I learned about "Rogue Planets", celestial worlds that have no parent star and wander the cold depths of space alone, some, known as Extragalactic Planets, are even believed to have been completely ejected from their home galaxy into the never-ending void of intergalactic space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
There are only 6 people left on the planet who can still β€˜speak’ the whistled language known as sfyria. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
There are two planets in the solar system that rotate east to west, those being Venus and Uranus. Venus has an axial tilt of 3 degrees, nearly spinning upright. Thus, this affects their orbit shape, and making their orbits nearly circular shaped while others are more oval shaped. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
In 1977 Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were entering a rare alignment that occurs every 175 years. This happened to be when humans were first attempting space exploration so we were coincidentally able to send Voyager 2 on a flyby of all four planets on its way out of the solar system. nasa.gov/feature/40-years…
There is a minor planet named after Geddy Lee of Rush. cbat.eps.harvard.edu/spec…
In 2005, scientists discovered a planet 63 light years from Earth which they named HD 189733b. The daytime temperatures reach 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rains molten glass and silicone particles sideways at speeds of up to 5,400 miles per hour abc.net.au/news/2013-07-1…
The first exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) orbiting a star wasn't discovered until 1995. Today there are 4379 confirmed exoplanets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exo…
During peak growing season for the Midwest US corn belt, the region undergoes more photosynthesis activity than anywhere else on the planet-- with levels up to 40% greater than observed in the Amazon. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
NASA has online 3D models of all of the planets in our solar system, as well as several moons, probes, and the ISS. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
Today I learned of the giant-impact hypothesis, where a Mars-sized planet, called Theia, collided with the Earth approximately 4.5 billion years ago. The debris from both of the planets would eventually form the Moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
A 2015 study concluded that the the Universe will form over 10 times more planets than currently exist, that our own galaxy is expected to host ∼10^9 Earth-like planets, and that this would imply at least a 92 per cent chance that we are not the only civilization the Universe will ever have. academic.oup.com/mnras/ar…
The planet uranus smells like rotten eggs nasa.gov/feature/jpl/what…
Today I learned that the "Indian People's Party" has twice as many members as the "Communist Party of China", which makes it the biggest organization on the planet with over 180 million members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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 MOSFET (the transistor) is the single most manufactured item in human history, with 13 sextillion (1.3 Γ— 10Β²Β²) created since 1960β€” equivalent to two transistors for every tonne of matter for the entire planet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOS…
Sedna, a dwarf planet with a highly elliptical orbit around the sun, is about three times as far as Neptune from the sun. Scientists hypothesize that it was placed in its orbit by a passing star, as there is no other explanation for its unusual orbit around the sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/903…
NASA considered Eris the solar system's 10th planet until the IAU changed the rules en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
There is an estimated 10 septillion or 10^24 planets in the universe. That's 20 million x more then seconds since the big bang, or a million x the number of grains of sand in the world. youtu.be/X_afJYQ_dZI
The Oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-Billion-year-old Zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of Western Australia. abc.net.au/news/2020-07-0…
There is a ranking system called the Kardeshev scale to classify other possible alien civilizations on a 1 - 4 based on their ability to harness their own planet (1), solar system(2), galaxy (3), and then multiple galaxies (4). Humans are ranked at about 0.75 on this scale. youtube.com/watch?v=rhFK5…
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…
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…
, there are actually 5 dwarf planets in our solar system, 3 which have moons, the biggest of which is named Eris. Most people only know of Pluto. The other 3 are Haumea, Makemake and Ceres. space.com/18584-dwarf-pla…
In 1993 it was noted that comet discovered year prior is on a path to collide with Jupiter in 1994. It did, creating fireball 10 times the size of our planet. nature.com/articles/36349…
The Soviets sent more than a dozen spacecraft to Venus over 30 years as part of their Venera Program. Some missions failed, but many succeeded: Venera 3 was the first spacecraft to crash into another planet, while Venera 9 captured the first images from the surface of another planet. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…

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