Space. Infinite, glorious galaxies. Breathtaking star showers. Comets and asteroids zooming around. Spaceships making little “pew-pew” sounds as they engage in mortal space combat. Nothing quite like it, right? But…have you ever wondered if space really has a sound? Do comets really have tails? Does the moon have a dark side?
1. Space makes the weird laser sound
Wroooong! [queue loud buzzer sound] George Lucas and Co have taught us that space makes strange laser sounds and there are constant laser explosions from spaceship battles. But in reality, there is no sound in space. In fact, all you’d hear is the sound of silence (lol!). If I may get all scientific – sound is a wave, which requires a medium, such as the earth’s atmosphere to reverberate from the source to your ears. So in the vast space, there is no such medium. Astronauts in their spacecraft can however hear and make sounds, like whooping when a mission is complete 🙂
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2. The moon has a dark side
…so bring your torch. It’s quite possible that Pink Floyd’s Album The Dark Side of the Moon was the reason for this myth, but no. The moon doesn’t have one light and one dark side. The moon orbits its own axis once per earth-month. So it has a day and a night, like we do. The only difference is that a day/a night lasts two weeks in our terms. Kinda gives “the longest night” a whole new meaning! Also, on a curious side note – Jacko wasn’t at all wrong about the moon walk. The moon has its own gravity fields, at about 1/16th of the earth gravity. So your moon walk could turn into a moon-bounce (or into a jovial moon-jump when you win big at Galactic Gamble)
3. Comet always have tails
At least, that is what cartoons tell us. In reality, comets do not always have tails, which makes them a lot harder to detect. Comets actually need the sun’s heat to become as beautiful as they sometimes are. When they are far away from the sun, they remain frozen – only once they come closer to the sun do they develop the blueish cloudy atmosphere (coma) that we love so much.