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  • 2012-02-06: There is no "dark side" of the moon. The moon does rotate with one side always facing Earth, but the far side of the moon gets exposed to light just like the near side.
  • 2006-11-17: 46% of the world's water is in the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic has 23.9%, the Indian has 20.3%, and the Arctic has 3.7%.
  • 2006-11-17: The giant red star, Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth's orbit around the sun.
  • 2006-11-17: The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 2006-11-03: The surface area of the Earth is 510,200,000 km² (197,000,000 mi²).
  • 2006-11-03: The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 4.53 km² (1.75 mi²).
  • 2006-11-03: The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas.
  • 2006-10-18: The Earth's moon drifts away 3.74 cm (1.5 in) every year.
  • 2006-09-12: Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • 2005-09-08: Pluto was predicted by Percival Lowell, but it was first sighted by Clyde Tombaugh on February 18, 1930. Clyde was a farm boy from Illinois and constructed a working telescope from parts of a grass mower, farm machinery, and an automobile. An observatory was so impressed that they offered him a job. While working at the observatory, he discovered and named Pluto.
  • 2005-07-07: Natural gas doesn't have any odor. It is added by the gas companies so that homeowners can detect gas leaks.
  • 2005-03-23: Traveling at the speed of the fastest elevator in the Empire State Building, it would take 30 minutes to reach the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
  • 2005-01-20: There's almost an estimated 10 million tons of gold dissolved in the oceans, which is about 180 times the total amount of gold dug in mines in the entire history of humanity.
  • 2005-01-05: The moon is one million times drier than the Gobi desert.
  • 2004-12-10: 4 km³ (1 mi³) of ordinary fog contains less than a 3.8 liters (1 gallon) of water.
  • 2004-12-10: Lightning strikes the Earth about 17 million times a day, which is about 200 times every second.
  • 2004-12-09: Gold is so ductile that a single troy ounce (33.1 g) can be drawn into a fine wire 80 km (50 mi) long.
  • 2004-12-07: If the population of the Earth continued to increase at its present rate indefinitely, by 3530 AD the total mass of human flesh and blood would equal the mass of the Earth. By 6826, it would equal the mass of the known universe.
  • 2004-12-03: Each day is 0.00000002 seconds longer than the one before because the Earth is gradually slowing down.
  • 2004-12-02: The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. So, if there was a filled bathtub large enough to hold a planet, Saturn would float.
  • 2004-09-09: If all of the fresh water on Earth, which is only 1.6% of all water on the planet, was divided equally among all of the people on the planet, each one would get 40 million gallons.
  • 2004-09-08: If there were no greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the average temperature on Earth would be 5° F instead of the current average of 57° F.
  • 2004-09-08: About 110 billion tons of carbon dioxide enter the atmosphere each year as a result of burning fossil fuels. Removing this amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere requires a forested area the size of Australia.
  • 2004-09-01: The Caspian Sea is actually just a lake.
  • 2004-08-30: Over 1 million Earths would fit in the sun.
  • 2004-08-27: If you attempted to count the stars in our galaxy at the rate of one every second, it would take about 3,000 years to count them all.
  • 2004-08-24: Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest, and highest (due to nearly 2,000 km of ice) continent on Earth.
  • 2004-08-24: The Sahara desert stretches farther than the distance from California to New York.
  • 2004-08-24: Jupiter spins so fast that there is a new sunrise every 10 hours.
  • 2004-08-23: A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon with your back to the sun. It can not be seen if the sun is at an altitude greater than 42°, since no part of it would be above the horizon.
  • 2004-08-23: Sun dogs are just like rainbows, except they appear on either side of the sun.
  • 2004-08-16: The temperature of the sun can reach 15,000,000° K (27,000,000° F).
  • 2004-08-12: The biggest snowflake recorded was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. It fell on January 28, 1887, at Fort Keogh in Montana, USA.
  • 2004-08-12: The largest hailstone recorded weighed 2.2 pounds.
  • 2004-08-12: A bolt of lightning can hit the Earth with up to 100 million volts.
  • 2004-08-10: A tornado's spinning speed can reach up to 300 mph.
  • 2004-07-28: The world's largest lake in surface area is Lake Superior.
  • 2004-07-13: Of all known forms of animal life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10% still exist today.
  • 2004-07-09: In our solar system, there are eight planets circling the sun. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Pluto and Sedna are no longer considered planets.
  • 2004-05-05: When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.
  • 2004-04-01: Gravity has a stronger pull at the Earth's poles than it does at the equator. As a result, a person who weighs 150 pounds at the equator would weigh almost a pound more at the North Pole. This is because the Earth is not perfectly round; it flattens somewhat at the poles, and a person at the poles is about 13 miles closer to the center of the Earth than when standing at the equator. Additionally, the spin of the Earth counteracts the pull of gravity somewhat at the equator.
  • 2004-03-22: The average raindrop falls at 7 mph.
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