Stranger Than Fiction
There are countless fascinating and downright unbelievable things, events and objects scientists have been able to discover so far. There are many, many more inside the uncharted depths of space. But, for now, what we do know is still pretty cool, and sometimes just plain weird, proving that sometimes, truth can be more bizarre than fiction. We don’t know what we might discover tomorrow and all of this might pale in comparison. From the list of things we do know, here are some facts that will blow your mind, making you wonder if the universe was actually created by Tim Burton.
Gliese 581 c
Scientist have determined that this planet is potentially the most likely candidate for future colonization. Mind you, even if that happens, it probably won’t welcome us with open arms, seeing as the entire planet is seemingly out to get you. Orbiting around a red dwarf star, smaller than our Sun, but at much closer distance than Earth. This means that planet and its star are in the state of tidal locking, which means that one side of the planet is constantly facing the star, and the other is in perpetual darkness. This is similar to the relationship between our Moon and Earth. Living there would have its challenges. Gliese 581 c
You couldn’t live on the side that facing the star, because of the extremely high temperatures, and also, you couldn’t live on the dark side, because you would freeze to death. However, scientists believe that there is a small belt between these two sides which could host life. But that’s not all. Because the planet orbits a Red Dwarf star, that is at the lower frequency end of our visible spectrum, which means that the entire sky would be painted intensively red. Plants performing photosynthesis would need to adapt to infrared radiation, which mean they would no longer be green, but deep black.
The Diamond Planet
You don’t have to read the title again. That’s right, a diamond planet. It is called the 55 Cancri e and it was once star in the binary system, until it’s partner started pulling it apart. However, it was not able to pull its carbon core away, and we know that under temperature and pressure high enough, carbon re-configures and becomes a diamond. Seeing as the 55 Cancri e has a surface temperature of 1648 degrees Celsius, it’s no surprise that one third of the planet is pure diamond, while the rest is made out of carbon, graphite, and some other silicates.
The Himiko Cloud
The Himiko cloud is the most massive object ever found in the early universe, dating only 800 million years after the Big Bang, giving us a glimpse into the origins of a primordial galaxy. No only is it impressive because of its size, about half the size of our Milky Way, but it also belongs to the reionization epoch, which helps scientists see the early formation of galaxies.
There’s some space trivia for you, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. Keep on reading.