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Top 10 Cool Facts about Space

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Top 10 Cool Facts about Space.

Here is a fact from the link above^^^

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8. Farewell old friend!

 

Fact: The moon is drifting away from Earth

Every year the moon moves about 3.8cm further away from the Earth. This is caused by tidal effects. Consequently, the earth is slowing in rotation by about 0.002 seconds per day per century. Scientists do not know how the moon was created, but the generally accepted theory suggests that a large Mars sized object hit the earth causing the Moon to splinter off.

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http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/01/12/heavy-hitters-earths-most-amazing-meteor-craters/

I remember as a kid when I lived in Arizona my parents took me to this crater site. Back then I was young and didn’t appreciate meteorites like I do today.

Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA

(images via: Travel and TweetAbsolute Astronomy and The Living Moon)

Located about 40 miles east of Flagstaff, the 4,000 ft wide and almost 600 ft deep Meteor Crater owes its startlingly lunar aspect to both a relatively young age (about 40,000 years) and the arid climate of the northern Arizona desert in which it is situated. It’s estimated that the mainly nickel-iron Canyon Diablo Meteorite was about about 55 yards (50 meters) in diameter and weighed approximately 150,000 tons.

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Hey guys here is a heads up on an upcoming event!!! Mark your calenders and have fun!

http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2012.html

July 28, 29 – Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids can produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower usually peaks on July 28 & 29, but some meteors can also be seen from July 18 – August 18. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Aquarius. The near first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.

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Watch United Stats of America – Season 1 Episode 1 Online under Television>>>> Here is the link!

A asteroid threatens Earth in an illustration.

An asteroid hurtles toward Earth in an artist’s rendering.

Illustration by Detlev van Ravenswaay, Astrofoto, Peter Arnold Images, Photolibrary

Sorry this video is so long guys. It was the only one that had decent quality and didn’t take forever to buffer!

But toward the end of the episode they talk about the chances of mountain sized meteriotes crashing into earth! Thought that was pretty cool!