Have you ever gazed into the stars and marveled at how magnificent they are? We have too! Outer space is a vast expanse that exists beyond Earth and extends throughout the universe. A dense vacuum that contains low density particles, hydrogen, helium, radiation, magnetic fields, dust and cosmic rays! Did you know that the plasma between galaxies is thought to make up about half of the matter located in the universe? That’s right, plasma is more populous than rock, sand or water particles that can be found throughout the universe’s galaxies! Are you interested in learning more about the vast regions of space? Look no further, because we have the information you’re looking for! Read below for some interesting astronomy wall art facts.
Starlight, Star Bright!
- Despite the fact that it appears to be completely round, did you know that the moon, our natural satellite, actually isn’t round. If you were to actually measure the moon, you’d realize that it’s actually shaped like a slightly more round lemon! The moon has flat poles and bulges on either of its sides around its equator! This strange shape is attributed to the rock formations it came into contact with shortly after being created.
- Astronomers often study the particulate matter that makes up our universe. In 2009, astronomers discovered that clouds of gas were full of a chemical called ethyl formate. This chemical is the same one that gives raspberries their distinct flavor and rum its signature smell! Some cosmic clouds often contain ethyl alcohol, which is used to make alcoholic drinks! One region of gas clouds near the Milky Way has enough ethyl alcohol to supply every person on earth with 300,000 pints of beer per day for the next 1 billion years!
- Due to some planets being far away from the sun and their own moons, they experience very longs days. Did you know that because of Mercury’s strange orbit and alignment with the sun, one day on that planet lasts the equivalent of 59 Earth days?
- Spacesuits are one of the most interesting inventions that humans have created. So interesting, that they’ve been featured in all kinds of fictional books, games and movies! A common trope in fiction is for a spacesuit to be torn and leak oxygen. Did you know that if this were to actually happen, the person inside wouldn’t automatically die like how characters do in movies? Although you would lose consciousness in around 10 seconds, you would technically be able to survive for around 2 minutes.
- Weight in space is often very hard to wrap your head around. Did you know a neutron star is so dense that just a teaspoon of its plasma would weigh over one trillion kilograms? In other words, this would weight more than the entire human population on Earth! Read below for more astronomy wall art facts.
Reach For the Stars!
- Have you ever heard of something called a gamma-ray burst? It’s essentially a brief, but incredibly intense blast of high-energy radiation. There are several types of gamma ray bursts that happen for different reasons, but most occur because of star implosions or stars merging together. What’s interesting about them is that one of these bursts can release more energy in 10 seconds than our Sun will during its entire lifespan!
- Ever since the occurrence of the Big Bang, most objects in space have been steadily drifting from one another. Entire regions of space are accelerating at an increasing rate; they’re going so fast that there are certain stars and other celestial bodies that we will never be able to see even with the most powerful telescope. We can, however, spot them indirectly by tracing the radiation they left behind.
- Everyone knows about black holes. They’re essentially giant vortexes with huge appetites, sucking in everything that can possibly be pulled in through their gravitational fields. Did you know that astronomers believe there are white holes? They believe that they are the opposite of black holes in that they spew light and particulate matter out rather than sucking it in. They have not yet been proven, but researchers aren’t giving up their search for them.
- The area around a planet where its magnetic field resides is known as the magnetosphere. The largest magnetosphere in our galaxy surrounds the planet Jupiter. Jupiter rotates extremely fast, and due to the speed of this rotation it has a very strong magnetic field. This rotation speed has led to the creation of a magnetosphere that is bigger than our own Moon!
- Neptune was discovered in the year 1846. Want to know something absolutely insane about it? Neptune takes 165 years to complete one orbit around the Sun. Since it was discovered 175 years ago, it has only completed one post-discovery orbit! Funnily enough, Pluto (which is no longer a planet), hasn’t completed one orbit since its discover in 1930! Did you enjoy these astronomy wall art facts?
Do you want to know more about space? Are you insatiable for more astronomy wall art facts? Fine! Did you know that vast amounts of water have been found to exist in space? Three of Jupiter’s moons and two of Saturn’s are theorized to have seas. The most water ever discovered in space exists in the form of vapor that surrounds a black hole that is 12 billion lightyears away from Earth! Did you enjoy all of these astronomy wall art facts? We hope you did! Thanks for reading!