The universe is unbelievably huge. Its sheer size is impossible for us to wrap our minds around and if we tried, we’d probably suffer some sort of mental breakdown. Outer space is truly a sight to behold, but it’s not just stars, planets and galaxies out there. There are some terrifying things hiding in the darkest corners of the cosmos that will give you the heebie-jeebies. This list outlines just five of the scariest things that have been found in the universe… so far.
1. The Outcast Supermassive Black Hole
Regular black holes on their own are pretty scary. They are so dense that they suck in everything and not even light can escape. Now imagine one that is so large that it’s been dubbed a supermassive black hole. Oh, and it also got ejected from its galaxy. Given the insane size and density of a supermassive black hole, scientists estimated that it will take the same amount of energy as 100 million supernovas to throw it into space. It’s crazy knowing there’s something like that just chilling there up in space.
2. Zombie Stars
Nothing lasts forever. Not our planet, the sun or any of the stars in the sky. In fact, many of the stars we see at night are most likely already dead or will die at some point in the future. In most cases, the stars go supernova, turn into black holes or quasars. But this isn’t always the case. Scientists have recently discovered that some stars dying in a supernova come back to life like a zombie, as if nothing happened. And now they are hurtling across the cosmos with a renewed sense of life.
3. Galactic Cannibalism
As mentioned earlier, black holes devour everything they come into contact with. But they’re not the only ones going on a feeding frenzy. Galaxies, especially the bigger ones, consume other smaller galaxies, creating a much larger one than before. And guess what, one day, around 4.5 billion years in the future, our very own Milky Way will be devoured by its neighbor Andromeda, who did the very same thing to another galaxy nearly two billion years ago. Humans, if they are still around by then, will be subjected to a spectacular light show!
4. The Galaxies Without Dark Matter
You don’t have to be a science buff to have heard of dark matter. It makes up an overwhelming majority of the universe and permeates everything. Scientists previously believed that dark matter was the glue that held galaxies together… until they discovered those without any dark matter. Talk about spooky. They were baffled. How were those galaxies held together? Was there some other mysterious force that played a much bigger role in the universe? Guess it’s back to the drawing board with this one.
5. The Coldest Place in the Universe
Despite the trillions of stars in the universe, it’s still very cold out there as the heat emanated from stars only affects a tiny part of it. But some places are much colder than others and there’s a region called the Boomerang Nebula which has been crowned as the coldest place in the known universe, due to its shocking temperature of -457.87F. This was the result of a star throwing itself into another bigger star going through its last stages of life causing most of its matter to eject as a cold burst. That’s one place we’ll never be able to visit for sure!
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