What are Five scary facts about space?


What are Five scary facts about space?

Space is a really big place, and it's filled with a lot of weird things. For example, did you know that the solar system is so huge that it would take 500 billion years to walk across it? Or that there are nearly ten times as many stars in our galaxy as there are grains of sand on Earth? That's why we came up with five scary facts about space for your reading pleasure.

If you've never been outside, you may have some questions about what space is like. I mean, it's hard to imagine something that's so far away, right? That's why I decided to create this list of 5 scary facts about space. If you're in school right now I'm sure these science facts will be interesting. These are all things that we probably don't know about because they're too far away or we just don't think about them often.

Here are Five scary facts about space:

1. You can freeze to death in space, even if it's not that cold out:

You can freeze to death in space, even if it's not that cold out.

A space suit is designed to keep you alive as long as possible, but you can only breathe air for so long before you run out of oxygen. That's why astronauts are always in an isolated environment: they don't want to be in an empty room with no windows and only one toilet.

It takes about two days to starve to death in space: you need food and water every day just to stay alive. The first thing astronauts do when they get into orbit is send up a satellite with all their supplies on board — including a very large supply of food and water.

If your spacesuit gets punctured by an object floating through space, you will die within a few minutes (unless you're lucky enough to get hit by a meteor or something). You can also suffocate or have your visor pop off due to being struck by debris.

2. Cosmic rays can mess with your insides (and your brain):

Cosmic rays are high-energy particles that are created in space, and they can also reach Earth. The highest energy cosmic ray ever recorded was a particle with an energy of 3.7 billion electron volts (GeV), which has been the highest energy cosmic ray ever recorded, although this may not be the highest energy cosmic ray to have reached the Earth's atmosphere. If one of these cosmic rays strikes your body, you could get hurt.

The most commonly known effect of cosmic rays is that they can mess with your insides (and your brain). Cosmic rays can cause radiation poisoning, and if you get too much exposure to gamma rays from galactic cosmic rays, it can lead to cancer or other diseases. They can also damage DNA in living cells. Some high-energy particles from these cosmic rays travel through your body and get stuck in your brain or spine, where they remain for years before decaying into less harmful radioactive elements.

3. Space is full of dead bodies:

The third fact about space is that it has thousands and thousands of dead bodies floating around. It's not like we're talking about a few hundred here and there, either. There are literally tons of dead bodies in space.

Some of these are satellites that have burned up on reentry into the atmosphere, some are asteroids that are out of our reach, and some are even still-operational spacecraft that have run out of fuel or died an untimely death due to a failure in one part or another.

The question then becomes: What happens to these bodies once they're no longer useful? Well, they don't just disappear into thin air. They continue to orbit the Earth as part of our planet's gravitational pull. If you were able to go out at night and look up at the stars (which is hard to do because you need a telescope), you would see thousands upon thousands of lights twinkling in the sky over your head — all belonging to satellites or other spacecraft that have been launched into space and never returned home again.

4. You're going to grow, but you're also going to shrink a bit:

This is the fun part! You are going to grow, but you're also going to shrink a bit. The Sun will get brighter and its size will increase as it ages. A radical change in size comes when the Sun becomes red giant and then a white dwarf.

The Earth is not shrinking because our planet is mostly covered by water. If we were all on land, we would be shrinking!

The Sun is a star that will change through its life. It is 4.5 billion years old and will live for about 5 billion years. When the Sun becomes a red giant, it will be larger than Earth's orbit! This means our planet might get swallowed up in the process!

5. A trip to Mars could make you infertile — or give you cancer:

Humans will be living in space for a long time to come, but there's still a great deal we don't know about the effects of space on our bodies.

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that astronauts could be at risk of reproductive problems like infertility or cancer in their long-term stays on Mars.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow, UK, and involved analyzing data from previous missions to Mars and comparing it with information from astronauts who had spent time on the International Space Station (ISS). They found that spending extended periods in space can impact fertility and increase the risk of developing cancer.


Did you know that astronomy can be a very frightening endeavor? You know, the whole gazing into the mystery of space and all the stars for no explicable reason. Honestly, if you never experienced space firsthand, those are some pretty frightening facts. Thankfully, if you're planning to work in space soon there are five things to help you get through it. Just keep your eyes on the prize and you'll be just fine...


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