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COSMOS FACTS

  1. A black hole is created when big stars explode. Its gravitational force is so strong that nothing can escape from it โ€“ luckily the closest black hole is about 10,000 light-years from Earth.
shallow focus photography of yellow star lanterns

2. The Earth is tiny in comparison with the rest of the universe โ€“ it could fit into the sun 1.3 million times. How small does that make you feel? Check out this cool clip for fascinating facts about the sun.

3. A day on Mercury lasts longer than its year! Mercury moves around the sun faster than any other planet โ€“ making its year the equivalent of 88 Earth days. While a day on Mercury โ€“ the interval between one sunrise and the next โ€“ lasts 176 Earth days!

4. In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a โ€˜dwarf planetโ€™ after 76 years classified as the outermost planet in our solar system since its discovery in 1930.

ย 5. When venturing into space, astronauts wear spacesuits which have to be warmed, cooled, pressurised and supplied with fresh air. This takes six hours for them to put on!

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