Five incredible facts about space

May 25, 2024  12:14

The universe is full of interesting phenomena, for some of which humanity has an explanation, although there are also phenomena that still remain a mystery. We present to your attention some interesting facts about the universe, which may seem unbelievable at first glance.

A huge cloud of alcohol

There is a huge cloud of alcohol in space. It's called Sagittarius B2, and it's a giant molecular cloud that contains enough alcohol to make 2×1029 or 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pints of beer. Sagittarius B2 is 390 light years away from the Milky Way and its mass is 3 million times that of the Sun.

One teaspoon of material: 100 billion tons

Neutron stars consist of superdense matter. It is so dense that one teaspoon weighs as much as the entire human race. These superdense stars are the collapsed cores of massive stars that exploded into supernovae. They are so dense that a teaspoon of neutron star material would have a mass of about 100 billion tons here on Earth.

The universe is expanding faster

The universe is expanding faster and faster. For most of cosmic history, the expansion of the universe has been slowed by gravity. But recent observations suggest that the expansion is actually accelerating. This is believed to be due to a mysterious force called dark energy, which accounts for about 70% of the energy content of the universe.

Diamond rain  

It is raining diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn. The intense pressure inside these gas giants is thought to compress carbon atoms into diamond crystals, which then rain down deep into the planets' nebulae. Humanity has not yet been able to directly observe how this happens, but scientists believe that it is a real phenomenon.

More stars than grains of sand on Earth's beaches

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. This is a staggering number, estimated at about 10 septillion (1024 or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000). And it's just about the observable universe. For all we know, there may be many more worlds in the universe, each with its own billions of galaxies and trillions of stars.

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