94 Expansive Facts About the Universe & The Stuff In It – Part 2

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26Nuclear pasta

The complex nuclear contents of a neutron star are all named after Italian food.

27. Most of the gold that is present today in the Earth's crust and mantle was delivered to Earth by asteroid impacts.

28. There's an asteroid in the asteroid belt named after wikipedia (274301 Wikipedia).

29. There is a non-profit organization called B612 which is dedicated to defending the Earth against asteroids.

30. Bill Nye The Science Guy Has a Plan to Launch Laser Bees into Space to Defend Earth Against Asteroids.

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31Global devastation

The dinosaur extinction event is marked by a thin layer of sediment all over the world, which contains 160 times as much Iridium as normal evidence of the global devastation caused by an asteroid impact

32. The Big Bang was initially rejected as a theory of the universe because of its "religious" implications and its origins; the originator of the theory was a Catholic priest.

33. One theory on why we live in three dimensions is that when the Big Bang occurred, only 3 of the 9 spatial dimensions expanded infinitely.

34. 1% of static on an untuned analog TV is from cosmic background radiation from the Big Bang.

35. A shot glass filled with neutron star matter would weigh as much as Mount Everest.

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36Big Bang

It wasn't until 380,000 years after the Big Bang that the universe became transparent enough to let the light shine through it.

37. A black hole 12 billion light years away holds at least 140 trillion times the water in all of Earth's oceans combined, making it the largest known reservoir of water.

38. If you shout or make a sound that is 1,100 dB, it will create a black hole destroying our galaxy.

39. Stephen Hawking had to purchase a one-year subscription to Penthouse for Kip Thorne after losing a bet pertaining to the existence of black holes.

40. In 2007, University of Minnesota researchers found a huge hole in the universe a billion light years across that is not a black hole and is completely devoid of matter.

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41S5 0014+81

S5 0014+81, the biggest supermassive black hole known, is so bright due to its huge event horizon that if it were 100 light years away from Earth (6.31 billion times more distant than the Sun), it would appear just as bright as our host star.

42. The process of getting torn apart by a black hole is called Spaghettification.

43. Leonard Susskind, the professor of Theoretical physics, sparked a 28-year-old debate with Stephen Hawking, who stated that the information inside a black hole is lost forever, but eventually, Susskind proved him wrong.

44. The Schwarzschild Radius is the size an object is compressed in order to make it a black hole. Earth's Schwarzschild Radius would be compressing it to 8.7 mm, which is roughly the size of a peanut.

45. Supermassive Black Holes in the centers of galaxies can be 11 times bigger than Neptune's entire orbit, and spin at almost the speed of light.

46John Michell

John Michell called both the father of seismology and the father of magnetometry. "One of the greatest unsung black scientists of all time", he was the first person known to propose the existence of black holes, earthquakes travel in waves. No one knows what he looked like.

47. Even if a black hole were to replace our sun, Earth and the other planets would orbit the black hole as they orbit the sun now, not get sucked in.

48. Mark Twain predicted his own death in 1909, "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it." He died in 1910, a day after the comet returned.

49. When Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet during its 1910 approach, there was public fear that a gas discovered in the tail, cyanogen, would destroy all life on the planet, leading to people buying gas masks and "Anti-Comet Pills."

50. Eugene Shoemaker, who co-discovered comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, died in a car crash on his way to see comet Hale-Bopp. Some of his ashes were taken to the moon in 1999, making him the only person to be buried on a celestial body outside Earth.


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