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« on: January 29, 2015, 12:54:10 AM »

The universe is infinitely huge, with many secrets and amazing phenomena - Some beautiful, some frightening. I gathered up 10 fascinating facts about this incredible universe we find ourselves in, would you like to know what they are?

1. Asteroid “16 Psyche” – astronomers think it’s the metal core of a planet that never finished forming. This gigantic hunk of metal is actually a close neighbor, located between Mars & Jupiter. The metal-rich asteroid is considered one of the prime targets of future space-mining.



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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2015, 12:54:45 AM »

2. There’s a huge cloud of water, and when I say huge - I mean 140 trillion times (!) more water than all the water on earth. Not only that, this cloud of water actually surrounds a giant black hole that produces more energy than our sun, a thousand trillion times over. WOW.

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015, 12:55:04 AM »

3. Do you know what a “Rogue Planet” is? It’s a planet that left the orbit of its star and is now zooming through space. Some are small, the size of our moon, while others are bigger than earth itself. Scientists believe that during its formation, our solar system had 1 or more extra planets that were lost in that way.

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2015, 12:55:23 AM »

4. Have you heard of the nebula called “The Pillars of Creation”? It’s a huge cloud of hydrogen & radiation, 7000 light-years away, which is constantly producing new “infant” stars. It’s unfathomably large, stretching for over 40 trillion kilometers (24 trillion miles) across. It is thought to have been created when a star went nova thousands of years ago.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 12:55:42 AM »

5. We all know that stars are giant burning balls of gas, but did you know that there is at-least 1 known frozen star? WISE 0855-0714 is a “Brown Dwarf” (A type of dying star) that has temperatures estimated to be about -13° Centigrade (8° Farenheit).

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2015, 12:55:59 AM »

6. The binary-star system “Mira”, Composed of Mira A & Mira B (Mira A is a “Red Giant”, while Mira B is a “White  Dwarf”) – The name “Mira” comes from Latin, meaning “Astonishing” or “Wonderful”. It’s been observed and recorded as far back as ancient China, due to its unusual properties - It will disappear only to reappear some 332 days later. The reason for its disappearance is that as the 2 stars circle each other, the dimmer Mira B eclipses Mira A, making it look like it disappeared.



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