Friday, 4 April 2014

Earth is the only known planet in the universe to have total solar eclipses!

Currently, our moon's diameter is approximately 400 times smaller than that of our sun; but it's also approximately 400 times closer. That means that, thanks to some great cosmic coincidence, we are the only know planet that can experience a total eclipse of the sun.

So what are the odds of this happening anywhere else? No one really knows, unfortunately. Only 893 planets have been discovered and named by astronomers so far, and our knowledge about their moons is equally sparse.

Based on our current knowledge of space, there may be millions or even billions of undiscovered planets, each of which may have one or more moons.

Ultimately, thanks to the vast numbers involved in the calculations, we can assume that some other planet, somewhere in the depths of space, also has the same size relationship between it's sun and moon — and maybe even intelligent life to view it!

 
Currently, our moon's diameter is approximately 400 times smaller than that of our sun; but it's also approximately 400 times closer. That means that, thanks to some great cosmic coincidence, we are the only know planet that can experience a total eclipse of the sun.
So what are the odds of this happening anywhere else? No one really knows, unfortunately. Only 893 planets have been discovered and named by astronomers so far, and our knowledge about their moons is equally sparse.
Based on our current knowledge of space, there may be millions or even billions of undiscovered planets, each of which may have one or more moons.
Ultimately, thanks to the vast numbers involved in the calculations, we can assume that some other planet, somewhere in the depths of space, also has the same size relationship between it's sun and moon — and maybe even intelligent life to view it!

Read more at http://www.omg-facts.com/category/7/Science#PK0dUdbd2k4bRlCX.99

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