I woke up a couple of weeks ago and decided it was now or never.
I've gotten comfortable in my new full-time gig, I've gotten a couple passive income streams flowing, so I feel like I'm ready to commit the time it will require to start creating videos for my content after I write it.
My first venture into video content is a channel called "That's Interesting", and will really be a video translation of the type of educational content I've created for years.
Here's my first real video in all its glory, followed by the original script:
5 Out-of-this-world space facts that will make you look at the cosmos in a whole new light.
The universe is vast. It's big, and it’s empty, and it can be an awfully lonely place. At the same time, though, it's beautiful and awe-inspiring. Space is the final frontier. We have been looking up at the sky with curiosity since humans first evolved and we are now on the brink of finally being able to truly explore it. Here are 5 facts that will make you look at the sky in a whole new light.
1. The Milky Way is about 100,000 Light-Years in Diameter.
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. It is a barred spiral galaxy, with a diameter of about 100,000 light-years. For reference, a single light-year is nearly 6 trillion miles or nearly 10 trillion kilometers. That may seem big, but our home galaxy is actually quite average in size.
The biggest galaxy we’ve observed so far is the Phoenix galaxy, located some 6 billion light-years away from Earth. It is estimated to be 23 times larger than the Milky Way. The Phoenix Galaxy holds around 1 trillion stars; that’s about 2,000 times as many stars as there are in the Milky Way.
2. The Hubble Space Telescope has been in Orbit for over 30 Years.
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by NASA in 1990 and has been orbiting Earth ever since. It was the first space telescope to be placed in orbit, and it has remained operational for almost 30 years. The telescope is named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble.
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists understand the universe and its oldest secrets. It was designed to be a time machine and it has exceeded expectations. The telescope is fighting to work as well as it can, but in the end, its mission will come to an end.
3. There are More Stars in the Universe than Grains of Sand on Earth.
While this may sound like an exaggeration, it is in fact true.
The observable universe has been estimated to have a radius of 46.6 billion light-years with the observable universe containing approximately 200 billion galaxies each with an average of 100 billion stars. The number of stars in the universe is around 2 sextillion!
The number of grains of sand on Earth is much smaller at 7 quintillion, which equates to approximately 5 million grains per square mile or 20 thousand per square kilometer on Earth's surface. This means that there are MORE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE than there are GRAINS OF SAND ON EARTH by a factor of magnitudes!
4. Black Holes are Really Dangerous.
Black holes are some of the most fascinating and mysterious astronomical objects we know of. They’re called black because they emit no light, making them impossible to observe directly. In fact, according to the general theory of relativity, proposed by smart-guy #1 himself, Albert Einstein, a black hole is a region of space with so much gravity that nothing, not even light, can move fast enough to escape.
The theory predicts that enough mass in one place can bend spacetime and form a black hole.
The boundary from which there’s no coming back is called the event horizon. Black holes are so strange that they can warp space and slow down time. They can be up to billions of times as massive as the sun. If a spaceship ventures too close to a black hole, the intense gravity would stop time and everything on board would be stretched out like spaghetti until they are pulled into the black hole's event horizon.
5. There are hundreds, if not thousands of moons in our solar system.
Just about everyone knows what the Moon is, but did you know that there are hundreds of moons in our solar system, and not all of them orbit planets!
Our solar system has at least 400 known moons and they all vary in size, orbits, surface compositions, and orbital periods.
Neither the innermost planet, Mercury, or the second planet, Venus, has a natural moon of its own. Mars has two tiny moons that are thought to be objects captured by Martian gravity at some point as they flew by. The rest of our solar system's planets also have their own moons orbiting them: Jupiter with 67; Saturn with 62.
Scientists have even observed around 150 asteroids with tiny companion moons. The discovery of these asteroids is significant because it suggests that Earth and Mars could have been surrounded by many such tiny moons in their early days as well.
Conclusion: Outer space can be really interesting.
Humans have learned so much about space in the past few decades that it's hard to imagine what it would be like to be alive before the Space Age. What would we think if we could only see the sky with our naked eye and not through the lens of a telescope?
It's always good to remember that no matter how much we know about outer space, there is always more to learn.
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