“The Universe is not stranger than we imagine. It is stranger than we can imagine.” by JBS Haldane, the British biologist.
There’s no questioning the fact that the universe is weird. Humans can only scratch at the surface of its immensity, but whenever we do we pick up remarkable information, and images, which are awe-inspiring and baffling in equal measure. In celebration of this joyful fact, just a few tidbits about these outlandish objects in space.
1. Any thoughts when the Universe was born?
Time began at the Big Bang, the beginning.
Let’s rewind our clocks to what astronomers believe is the earliest event in the history of our universe: the Big Bang. So what was the Big Bang? Imagine everything in the universe condensed into one tiny point of matter and energy. We cannot speak of what happened before it came to be because there was no such thing as time yet. There was no concept of ‘before’.
2. Guess! What’s in the heart of the galaxy?
Yes! A supermassive black hole is present at the heart of every galaxy
Imagine matter packed so densely that nothing can escape. Not a moon, not a planet and not even light. That’s what black holes are — a spot where gravity’s pull is huge, ending up being dangerous for anything that accidentally strays by.
3. Here come the Mysterious Radio Signals
To the fact, these repeating signals are extremely unlikely to be Aliens.
Recently, news emerged about one of the most tantalizing mysteries. For the first time, a fast radio burst (FRB) has been detected emitting in a pattern – a 16-day cycle, with four days of intermittent bursts and 12 days of silence.
4. What makes you think about WTF is happening in the whole universe.
95% of the Universe is invisible.
About 95% of the cosmos cannot be seen by any telescopes, because it is made of mysterious “dark matter” and “dark energy” that does not interact with light. It’s invisible, fills all of space, and is accelerating cosmic expansion.
5. Space Booze- Now here is an ideal place where one could open a pub!
There’s a giant cloud of alcohol in Sagittarius B
Too bad it’s 26,000 light-years away from Earth, not to talk about the fact that the substance in question is not even drinkable. The Sagittarius B2 cloud has ten billion, billion, billion liters of alcohol floating in it.
6. Our solar system’s biggest mountain is on Mars
7. Discover the most complex object in the known universe
And the answer is: The human brain
The total number of neurons in the human brain falls in the same ballpark of the number of galaxies in the observable universe. Weighing in at three pounds, on average, this spongy mass of fat and protein is made up of two overarching types of cells called-glia and neurons- and it contains many billions of each.
8. Have you ever wondered what might happen to your body in space without a spacesuit?
You’ll swell up pretty bad, perhaps even up to twice your normal size.
On Earth, we live a pretty cozy existence thanks to our protective atmosphere. Without this lovely thick atmospheric blanket, you’re exposed to all sorts of things. The vacuum of space will pull the air from your body. Oxygen in the rest of your body will also expand. You’ll balloon up to twice your normal size, but you won’t explode.