7 fascinating facts about the sky
Today is Look Up at the Sky Day, a holiday I celebrate year-round. When my ego is driving or I'm feeling anxious, gazing at the sky calms me down and makes me realize how small I am in this vast universe.
In honor of this special day, get sky drunk (I'm talking about looking up, not vodka) with these awesome facts that will make you appreciate this amazing universe we get to be a part of.
1. Nature has its own special light display called Aurora.
Aurora is a natural light display named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. You can learn about the science behind this phenomenon here. Also, you can see it in Iceland — which is on my bucketlist.
2. When you gaze at the stars, you’re looking at history.
It takes hundreds, thousands and sometimes millions of years for the light from distant stars to reach us.
3. There’s a star that literally shines bright like a diamond … because it is one.
Astronomers discovered a star made entirely of diamonds in 2004. They named it Lucy, a nod to The Beatles. It’s more than 2,400 miles across and is composed of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. I can't even fathom that. Unfortunately, it’s 50 light years from Earth. Sorry Rihanna.
4. Almost every star you see is bigger and brighter than our sun.
Of the brightest 50 stars visible to the human eye from Earth, Alpha Centauri is the least bright but is still more than 1.5 times more luminous than our sun.
5. When you salute the sun, you’re saluting a LOT of energy.
The energy produced from the Sun is so strong that every second its core releases the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs. That’s a lot of good vibes.
6. The Moon has dancing dust.
Dust tends to hover above the moon, especially during sunrise and sunset. Smarty pants aren’t 100% sure why this occurs, so I’d like to think the moon is just dancing up there and having a great time.
7. Clouds are extremely heavy.
They might appear to float with ease, but clouds can contain millions of tons of water. Yogis, take note.
Happy Look Up at the Sky Day. Take a moment to look up and bathe in the universe's vastness.