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Silver Winter

Weirdest Things in Space

So I'll start off by saying that I have never taken a class in astronomy or cosmology, and do not plan to enter the field. I simply have an out of control passion for space and the weirdest things that we know about it.

 

I thought it would be cool for all other space lovers to share and read about some of the unbelievable, mind blowing, and strangest things about the cosmos.

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There is this one galaxy that, at it's center, it tastes vaguely like raspberries and smells like rum. This article goes more in depth about it, but basically we have found Ethyl Formate at the center of Sagittarius B2. Ethyl Formate is the chemical responsible for the taste of raspberries, and it also happens to smell like rum. Don't ever think about eating it though, because they also found Propyl Cyanide, and as you can imagine that would not be good to ingest. Apparently the entire reason that we even have this information is because we are looking for amino acids, which are vital molecules for life, (or so we so far think. All life on earth follows this, but that may not apply to all life everywhere).

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There is this one galaxy that, at it's center, it tastes vaguely like raspberries and smells like rum. This article goes more in depth about it, but basically we have found Ethyl Formate at the center of Sagittarius B2. Ethyl Formate is the chemical responsible for the taste of raspberries, and it also happens to smell like rum. Don't ever think about eating it though, because they also found Propyl Cyanide, and as you can imagine that would not be good to ingest. Apparently the entire reason that we even have this information is because we are looking for amino acids, which are vital molecules for life, (or so we so far think. All life on earth follows this, but that may not apply to all life everywhere).

 

Oh yeah, I've read about that! It's in Sagittarius I believe.

 

I also read about an area of space called the Bootes Void. It's a region of about 250 million lightyears containing about 60 galaxies, when there should be hundreds of thousands. No one knows why it's there, but many scientists speculate that it was created by a class 3 Kardashev civilization, meaning that this particular society has the ability to harness energy on a galactic scale, causing galaxies in the void to go dark and be impossible to see with out tools.

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What LIGO's Second Gravitational Wave Discovery Means For Science, finally confirmed. Essentially, it means that the distance between your eyeballs changes because the curvature of space-time ripples with the gravity waves, but they're so minuscule, you never notice it.

 

LIGO, mentioned in the article, detects the gravitational waves by measuring that change in distance with reflected laser beams over a distance of 2.44 miles x 2 (there and back again). Freaky.

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Oh yeah! I heard about this! If I am correct, this technically allows for "time travel" to the future. Well, not really time travel, but rather being able to visit two events that occur simultaneously over large distances. It does this by basically "bending" space, or rather shortening the distance between two points. This was also one of the major parts of Einstein's General Relativity if I am not mistaken.

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