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Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives -- facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

In space, far from the pull of gravity of…

In space, far from the pull of gravity of planets, objects have no weight. This is known as weightlessness. People get a little taller in space because the discs in their backbones are no longer squashed down by the pressure of gravity and their...

The familiar call of the cackoo in Europe…

The familiar call of the cackoo in Europe is made only by the male bird. Although paintings of cuckoos often show them with beaks wide open, they sing "cu-coo" with the beak closed.

A nova (meaning “new star”) is a star that…

A nova (meaning "new star") is a star that suddenly flares up to be many times brighter than it is. A really brilliant nova may have been a star which could hardly be seen even with a large telescope. As a nova it becomes...

The first living creature in space was a…

The first living creature in space was a dog called Laika, launched in a spacecraft by the USSR in 1957. It died when its oxygen ran out.

The longest name for any star is “Shurnarkabtishashutu”…

The longest name for any star is "Shurnarkabtishashutu", the Arabic for "under the southern horn of the bull".

Galaxies are found in groups or clusters…

Galaxies are found in groups or clusters. Many clusters of galaxier are known, some of which contain hundreds of members loosely held together by the force of gravity. The Virgo cluster of galaxies, more than 60 million light years away from us, contains at...

Many parent birds use other birds without…

Many parent birds use other birds without young ones to help feed their chicks. The helper may be unrelated, but is often a brother or sister of the parent, or older offspring of the pair. Red-throated bee-eaters often use helpers, which gives the young...

The word galaxy comes from the Greek word…

The word galaxy comes from the Greek word for milk, "gala". The Ancient Greeks thought the Milky Way was formed from spilt milk from the breast of the goddess Hera when she suckled the baby (Hercules).

A person on Neptune would never live for…

A person on Neptune would never live for one Nepune year. The Neptune year is the time it takes Neptune to travel once round the Sun - 164.8 Earth years.

When two prairie dogs meet, they exchange…

When two prairie dogs meet, they exchange a sort of 'kiss' to find out if they know each other. If they do not, the intruder is driven away but if they do, they 'kiss' again and then start grooming each other. Prairie dog burrows...

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