65 of The Most Mind-Blowing Facts About Our Universe

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51Energy of the Quasar

Energy of the Quasar

Quasars emit more energy than thousands of times the entire output of our galaxy.

52. Light entering our eyes from the top half of the Andromeda Galaxy is approx. 250,000 years older than the bottom half.

53. Scientists have found a star, now known as S2 that is orbiting a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy at speeds exceeding 11,000,000 mph.

54. NASA dubbed Galaxy NGC 4151 the "Eye of Sauron" for its striking similarity to Tolkien's character.

55. A dwarf galaxy named Segue 2 is the least massive galaxy in the known Universe, located 114,000 light-years away. The galaxy consists of just 1,000 or so stars with a bit of dark matter holding them together

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561994 Northridge earthquake

1994 Northridge earthquake

In 1994, when the Northridge earthquake knocked out the power in Los Angeles, people contacted authorities and observatories wondering what the strange bright lights (stars) in the sky were.

57. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

58. A star discovered 75 light-years away is no warmer than a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

59. Some of the shooting stars we see are actually astronaut poop burning up in the atmosphere.

60. Quasar 3c273 is 4 trillion times brighter than the sun and 100 times brighter than the output of all the stars in the Milky Way. It’s so bright, that if it were 33 light years away, it would shine just as bright in the sky as the sun, which is only 8 light minutes away.

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61Life at 455 million light years away

Life at 455 million light years away

Astronomers detected building blocks of life in a planetary system some 455 light-years away

62. Our solar system is ‘unusual’ in that it only has one star, more than half of the stars in the sky are binary or triple.

63. A neutron star is so dense that if you dropped a gummy bear from one meter above, it would hit the surface in a nanosecond at around 7,000,000 KM/H with the force of 1,000 nuclear bombs.

64. Most "shooting stars" (meteoroids) that hit the earth every day are the size of a pebble

65. There's an unknown object in the nearby galaxy m82 that started sending out radio waves. The emission doesn't look like anything seen before


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