Some of the things we do know, however, are downright mind-boggling. Below, we’ve collected some of the most amazing facts about space, so when you look up at the stars you can be ever more wowed by what you’re looking at.
1. Neutron stars can spin at a rate of 600 rotations per second.
Neutron stars are one of the possible evolutionary end-points of high mass stars. They’re born in a core-collapse supernova star explosion and subsequently rotate extremely rapidly as a consequence of their physics. Neutron stars can rotate up to 60 times per second after born. Under special circumstances, this rate can increase to more than 600 times per second.
2. All of space is completely silent.
Sound waves need a medium to travel through. Since there is no atmosphere in space, space will always be eerily silent.
You may be asking how astronauts can talk to each other in space. Lucky for them, radio waves cantravel through space. No problem there, Houston.