10 flabbergasting space facts from the QI Elves © BBC/Talkback/Brian Ritchie

Ten flabbergasting space facts from the QI Elves

Those curious creatures over at QI have a new book out, 1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted – here are some of our favourites.

1

To get to the nearest star at a tenth of the speed of light would take 42 years and need fuel weighing as much as the Sun.

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2

Ten-trillionths of your sun tan comes from stars in galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

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3

NASA scientists working on Mars rovers work to a Mars day, not an Earth day.

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4

In the average 40 minutes it takes the commuters of the world to get to work, the International Space Station has travelled from London to Australia.

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5

Man has probed 20 billion kilometres away from the Earth but less than 12 into it.

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6

Astronauts aboard the ISS change their underpants every four days.

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7

When a potential meteorite turns out to be just a rock, geologists call it a ‘meteowrong’.

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8

The Sun is rained on by droplets of plasma the size of Ireland.

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9

Neptune was discovered within an hour of astronomers starting to look for it.

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10

Since the first crew left for the ISS on 31 October 2000, there has not been a single day when the entire human race has been on the Earth.

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1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted is written by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller and is published 3 November 2016 (Faber & Faber, £9.99)

1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted is written by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin and Anne Miller and is published 3 November 2016 (Faber & Faber, £9.99)

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