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A year's worth of (bad) astronomy facts

For most of 2012, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy tweeted a random astronomy fact every day. To kick off 2013, you can read all of those facts in one place.

Globular cluster NGC 6934, a ball of stars on the edge of our galaxy.
(Credit: ESA/Hubble; NASA)

For most of 2012, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy tweeted a random astronomy fact every day. To kick off 2013, you can read all of those facts in one place.

Starting on 4 January 2012, Plait set himself a challenge: one astronomy fact that could fit into 140 characters for every day of 2012. He succeeded. Categorised under the hashtag #BAFacts are 367 facts, running from 4 January 2012 through to 4 January 2013: 366 for every day of the leap year, plus one extra for the last day of the tweets.

Even better, he has compiled them all in one handy Slate magazine post.

We like the series on weird moons:

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Iapetus is shaped like a walnut. http://is.gd/AExJiT

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Hyperion is like a Styrofoam ball that's been punched a zillion times. http://is.gd/tjgHhY

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Mimas is the Death Star. http://is.gd/mtDg4u

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Mimas looks like Kenny. http://is.gd/AKupLX

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Mimas looks like Pac-Man. http://is.gd/FcWqtV

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Every four years, Janus and Epimetheus swap orbits! http://is.gd/Pq2eyf

  • BAFact: Saturn has weird moons. Some of the water erupting from geysers on Enceladus falls on Saturn. http://is.gd/sCLOQz

Head over here for the rest, but make sure you've got some time to spare. They're pretty fascinating facts.

Via www.slate.com