8 Common Space Myths Most People Believe Are True

Every day we learn new information about our universe, science is constantly evolving and many of the things we were taught in school may now be proven to be incorrect. Below are 8 common myths that most people still believe are true…

1. Mercury is closest to the sun and therefore the hottest.


The distance of a planet from the sun does not affect the average temperature on the planet. Talking about Mercury, yes, it is indeed the closest planet to the sun but it doesn’t mean that it is the hottest one.
During the day the temperature of the surface of Mercury can reach up to 420 degrees centigrade. The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus and the average temperature on the planet does not go below 462 degrees centigrade.

2. Even the moon has a darker side.


 With the dark side of the moon, we generally refer the side that is unlit by the sun, but it would be way more precise to talk about the side that isn’t seen by the humans. The moon and the earth revolve simultaneously, which means we only see one side of our satellite and therefore the dark side of the moon cannot be viewed without leaving the earth’s orbit.
Also, since the moon and the earth revolve around the axis, the rays of the sun reach all the parts, so there isn’t actually any dark side of the moon.

3. The earth is round.

Space myths
It is known to us all that the earth isn’t flat or square but circular in shape. The planet earth is slightly flattened at the poles and widened at the equator and also its surface constantly changes due to the continuous motion of tectonic plates and erosion.
It would be disappointing for you to know that the shape of the earth is pretty different from any kind of a ball, rather it is more like an irregular potato or a pear

4. The sun is yellow.


We have all known that Sun is yellow-orange or reddish in color depending upon the time of the day and its position. But the sun is actually white. The color of any light depends on the temperature.

But why have we been considering it as yellow then? Actually, the thing is, the longer light waves from the yellow-red part of the spectrum, cross the atmosphere of the earth without loss and the shorter greens of violent waves diffract a lot.

And this is the very reason why the sky appears blue during the day and black during the night.


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