10 Facts About the Universe That Will Make You Think “Holy Shitballs!”

By Alex Billington

1. Intergalactic ALCOHOL store. Yes, now I have your attention! There is a cloud of alcohol that is about 10,000 light years away with a diameter of 1,000 times larger than our solar system. So, basically, it’s pretty damn big. So big in fact, there is enough ethyl present to make 400 septillion drinks or 400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like one hell of a hangover!

2. An exoplanet covered in burning ice…. Hold on, burning ice you say?! The pressure on this bad boy forces the ice to stay solid, BUT the surface temperature of 570 Fahrenheit superheats the water. So it’s kind of like when you’re really cold then you walk into a really hot room and your ears feel really weird? Ermmm…yeah I guess.

3. The Milky Way is not the only chocolaty treat-like galaxy in our Universe. In fact, there are about 100 billion galaxies containing over ten billion trillion stars.

4. The next question is: how long does it take to go from A to B and does Virgin Airlines take you there? Sadly not, our observable universe is estimated to be around 156 billion light years in diameter so the Imperial Star Destroyer might be a more apt form of transportation.

5. The entire human race would fit inside of a sugar cube…okay, let’s think about this now. Atoms are made up of 99.9% nothing, so everything we are made of is kind of almost none existent. So that would be like finding your best rolling pin and rolling yourself to nothing, and what you’ll eventually have is a sugar cube.

6. The brightest star you see in the sky is about 8.6 light years away. Basically, that light that you’re seeing was emitted quite far in the past. So far that if we flew a big ass spaceship packed with a kick ass nuclear bomb into that star then we would see the affects about a decade later. Weird right?

7. Imagine the biggest diamond you have ever seen. Now, keep doubling it until it’s the same size as EARTH! Yes Earth, astronomers recently found a planet made of diamond due to the crystallization of its carbon.

8. The universe is expanding. Apparently, Mr. Hubble was a smart guy, and figured out that due to relating the apparent recession velocities of external galaxies to their distance that the universe is expanding…LOL what does that even mean, just Google it.

9. Black holes are real. I don’t understand why or how, but they are. Just deal with it, and hope we don’t drift too close or something.

10. Observable universe –ever wondered what the view is like from over there? Everything stated above are the things we know about our observable universe. That is, with us at the center, but the shit ball’s question at the end of it all is: what would the view be like from the edge of our observable universe at the center?


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