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8 of the weirdest andabstract things found in outer space


The universe is full of wondrous things, butit’s also filled with things we can’tfully explain.Join me as I show you 8 of the weirdest andabstract things found in outer space.8.THE HOT-COLD PLANETWhen it comes to exploring space, one thingmany scientists look for are planets thathumans could eventually inhabit.One planet that would be a potential optionif it weren’t 20 light years away is Gliese581 c.

Which was discovered in 2007 and iswhat’s known as a “super-Earth” planet: an exoplanet with a mass that’s greaterthan Earth, but is much lower than the icegiants Uranus and Neptune.Theoretically, Gliese 581 c could maybe supportlife.However, due to its position relative to itssun, the planet is one of extremes, with oneside that’s burning hot, and one that’sintolerably cold.This happens because the planet doesn’tspin.Instead, one side of it always faces its sun, while the other constantly faces away from the sun.There is a small strip of temperate territorybetween these two extreme zones, and that’sprobably where humans would have to live.Life on Gliese 581 c would be rough due tobeing confined to that strip of land, anddiverting too far from it would potentiallybe lethal.Plus, in recent years, scientists have become less optimistic than they initially were about the potential of the planet to support life, due to new findings suggesting that its proximity to its sun may result in a runaway greenhouse effect.Either way, if humans ever try to inhabit lies 581 c.

It won’t be during this lifetime: getting there would require traveling at the speed of light for 20 straight years and unimaginably advanced technology that we won’t figure out how to develop anytime soon.7.BLACK WIDOW PULSARPulsars are binary systems containing rapidlyspinning neutron stars, which are the compactedcore remnants of massive stars that have explodedas supernovas.Neutron stars are typically only as wide as a city, such as Manhattan or Washington, D.C., but weigh around twice as much as the Earth's.One type of pulsar, known as the “blackwidow,” is named as such because its neutronstar consumes its brown dwarf star companion.The brown dwarf star is tidally locked to the highly magnetic neutron star - this means that, unlike the rapidly-spinning neutron star, the brown dwarf doesn’t spin at all.Due to their close proximity, the brown dwarfis repeatedly blasted with radiation fromthe neutron star as they orbit around oneanother, and eventually, that brown dwarfwill be a goner.The black widow pulsar was first discoveredas a type of binary system in 1988, and atleast 18 of them have been discovered in theMilky Way galaxy.In 2012.

scientists discovered one black widowpulsar with a record-setting orbit of just93 minutes and a neutron star that spins 390times per second - although some black widowpulsars contain neutron stars that spin upwardsof 600 times per second!As fast as a neutron star spins, and as rapidly as a black widow pulsar orbits, it still takes millions or billions of years for the neutron-star to fully vaporize its brown dwarf mate.6.RUM-AND-RASPBERRY CLOUDIn 2009, scientists discovered a massive dust cloud that had formed 390 light-years from the center of the Milky Way galaxy and they deduced that it smells like rum and tastes like raspberries.Yum!Of course, the cloud, which spans across 150light years and is named Sagittarius B2, isn’tmade of actual rum and raspberries; rather, it’s comprised of elements of both.Primary among them is ethyl formate, whichgives raspberries their smell.Ethyl formate is also added rum to improve its taste and is the chemical responsible for the liquor’s distinct smell.The cloud is several million times the massof the sun and contains billions upon billionsof liters of this element.Unfortunately, even if we could get to thiscloud - which, let’s face it.

We can’t- it would not be safe to consume.In addition to ethyl formate, the cloud containspropyl cyanide and other chemicals that arefatally toxic to humans.Scientists have yet to figure out how thecloud was formed, as it’s a little bit morecomplicated than mixing a cocktail.5.3753 CRUITHNEThe possibility of an asteroid hitting Earth- potentially for the second or third time, depending on how you interpret history - is one of humanity’s biggest fears.Despite what movies have led you to believe, it’s doubtful we could stop such a colossal chunk of space rock from colliding with us.But asteroids can be neat to learn about - from afar, of course - and in terms of weirdness, the asteroid known as 3753 Cruithne is more than a little odd.3753 Cruithne was discovered in 1986 by Scottishastronomer Duncan Waldron.It’s 3 miles in diameter and has a nearlyidentical orbit time to that of Earth.On average, it takes 365 days for Earth tocircle the sun, and 3753 Cruithne takes 364days, which is less than a 1% difference betweenthe two.That’s quite a coincidence!Despite their similar orbit times, the twoare on quite different paths, with 3753 Cruithnefollowing a more ovular route.

Versus thecircular orbit of our planet.It won’t hit Earth due to its path, butyou have to wonder how it got such a perfectlytimed route that is so similar to our own.4.HYPERVELOCITY STARSWhen you think about “shooting stars,” you probably envision streaks of light dancing across the sky; and, depending on your beliefs, you might make a wish.However, those aren’t stars you’re seeing- they’re fragments of meteors.This is why, when many of them fall at atthe same time, it’s called a “meteor shower.”But that doesn’t mean there aren’t shootingstars out there in the universe.There is - well, sort of - and they're both fascinating and confusing.They’re called hypervelocity stars, andare named after the ultrafast speed at whichthey dash throughout the Milky Way.Hypervelocity stars were discovered in 2005by Smithsonian astronomers, .

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