Posted : 6 years ago

The one place where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, and does not get saluted, is the moon.

The largest iceberg ever recorded was 335km (208 miles) long and 97km (60 miles) wide.

There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop’s Rock.

The magnetic south pole was discovered off the coast of Wilkes Land in Antarctica.

The Dead Sea is 365 m (1,200 ft) below sea level.

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Posted : 6 years ago

A green diamond is the rarest diamond.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and bigger bodies of water always go clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. This directional spinning has to do with the rotation of the earth and is called the Coriolis force.

All the planets in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

The magnetic north pole is near Ellef Ringes Island in northern Canada.

There is no record of a person being killed by a meteorite but animals are occasionally hit.

Posted : 6 years ago

A diamond will break if you hit it with a hammer.

Organist William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 with the first reflecting telescope that he built. He named it Georgium Sidium in honour of King George III of England but in 1850 it was renamed Uranus in accordance with the tradition of naming planets for Roman gods.

Plates carrying the continents migrate over the earth’s surface a few centimetres (inches) per year, about the same speed that a fingernail grows.

The tail of the Great Comet of 1843 was 330 million km long. (It will return in 2356.)

During a total solar eclipse the temperature can drop by 6 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit).

Posted : 6 years ago

Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years – but so does winter.

Planets, meaning wanderers, are named after Roman deities: Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the god of love and beauty; Mars, the god of war; Jupiter, king of the gods; and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture; Neptune, god of the sea.

One year on earth is 365.26 days long. One day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds long. The extra day in a leap year was introduced to compensate for the discrepancy in the Georgian calendar.

There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth.

More than 70% of earth’s dryland is affected by desertification.

Posted : 8 years ago

Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years – but so does winter.

Planets, meaning wanderers, are named after Roman deities: Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the god of love and beauty; Mars, the god of war; Jupiter, king of the gods; and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture; Neptune, god of the sea.

One year on earth is 365.26 days long. One day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds long. The extra day in a leap year was introduced to compensate for the discrepancy in the Georgian calendar.

There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth.

More than 70% of earth’s dryland is affected by desertification.

Posted : 8 years ago

The ozone layer averages about 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) thick.

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.

The deepest point in the sea: the Mariana Trench off Guam in the Pacific Ocean; it is 10,9 km (6.77 miles) below sea level.

The tallest waterfalls in the world are Angel Falls in Venezuela. At 979 m (3,212 ft), they are 19 times taller than the Niagara Falls, or 3 times taller than the Empire State Building.

The order of the planets, starting closest to the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.