10 Quick Facts about Our Earth and the Solar System That Will Make You Wonder

By on January 28, 2014

1. Russia is bigger than Pluto

That’s right, the surface area of Russia, 17 million sq. km, is greater than that of Pluto, 16.6 million sq. km. (Tweet this fact!)

Pluto vs Russia

Image credits: omg-facts.com

2. The True Size of Africa

Africa is much bigger than what it looks like on most maps of the world. To put it into perspective, we can fit all of the following 18 countries into Africa and still have room for more:

USA, China, India, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Nepal, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.

The combined area of these counties is 30.1 million sq. km which is still slightly less than that of Africa. [See map]

3. Okay, Oklahoma

There’s a town called Okay, OK. It has a population of about 650. (Tweet this fact!)

okay-ok

4. Only 2 percent of the Australian population lives in the yellow area

The total area of Australia is almost equal to that of United States minus Alaska, however, its (Australia’s) population is just 23 million which is less than the population of Texas alone.

australia_population

5. Since its discovery, Pluto never made a full orbit around the Sun

pluto_orbit

Pluto takes 248 years to complete its orbit around the sun that our earth completes is just one year.

6. The Diomede Islands are 2.4 miles and One Day apart

Diomede Islands, Bering Sea

The Diomede Islands, just 2.4 miles apart are separated by International Date Line. They are also named “Tomorrow Island” and “Yesterday Island”. Big Diomede belongs to Russia and has a population of zero while the Little one belongs to United States with a population of about 200. Since the big Diomede belongs to Russia, it’s 23 hours ahead of the little Diomede.

date_line

You are seeing the map right! Russia and Alaska are indeed this close apart. This is the part where we cut the world map to present it in a planer form instead of a globe.

7. You can actually fly on Saturn’s moon Titan

The gravity is low enough and the atmosphere thick enough on Titan, that by attaching small wings to your arms, you could fly like a bird. The gravitational pull there is seven times less and the escape velocity is four times less than that of the earth.

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8. If an alien located 60-65 million light years away from us, looked at earth through a really powerful telescope today, he would see Dinosaurs!

dinosaurs

This makes sense since we, at earth, are only able to see the objects in the outer space who’s light has reached us. The Dinosaurs lived on this planet about 60-65 million years ago and their light/visibility has only reached the location 60-65 million light years (or 382,102 trillion miles) away yet. [via quora]

9. The World’s population can fit comfortably in Texas

The world with a population of 7 billion can fit easily in Texas –Tweet this– (water included in area) with each person having a 1000 sq. foot property of his own. Of course, there’ll be no space for roads, parks and other infrastructure whatsoever. [image courtesy: aliveandyoung]

texas_world

10. A day (sunrise to sunrise) on Mercury is 176 Earth days

Unlike earth, the planet Mercury rotates very slow about its own axis taking almost 59 of our days to complete one rotation. That’s one day by Mercury’s definition, however, one solar day (sunrise to sunrise) on Mercury, which depends on both its rotation and orbital motion around the sun, is 176 Earth days.

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Mercury completes its orbit around the sun in approx 88 days so it’s daytime for one Mercurian year, and night-time for another Mercurian year. To complicated to understand? Watch the simple animation. You’ll notice that the Mercury completes its orbit around the sun during the time from its sunrise to sunset. And while the sun rises back from the sunset, it complete yet another orbit around the sun. So from sunrise to the next sunrise, Mercury orbits around the sun twice i.e. 176 days.

Jawad Masood

Jawad Masood

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I'm a software developer and web entrepreneur having co-founded TunaCode Inc. I'm a travel enthusiast who loves to explore!
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