Creepy Facts About Outer Space You Can't Unlearn

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Vote up the most unsettling things about outer space that will haunt your dreams forever.

Prepare your psyche for some out-there space facts. Outer space can be considered an absolute horror show of unending blackness extraordinarily hostile to life. Simply put: there are a lot of weird things about space. If you're the sort of person who likes to be intrigued, all you have to do is look up at the night sky and think about the size of the Earth compared to the rest of the galaxy, or anything on this list full of high-octane nightmare fuel. Of all of the creepy things about space and the universe, these may be the most unsettling. Enjoy?

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    A Giant Black Hole Hurls Through Space At Five Million Miles Per Hour

    The Hubble Space Telescope located a black hole in 2017 that is being manipulated by gravitational waves. The black hole - capable of devouring anything in its path - will eventually break free of its own galaxy and begin to roam the universe.

    Although the anomaly weighs as much as 1 billion suns and has reached speeds of roughly 5 million miles per hour, it is estimated to still be 8 billion light years from Earth. 

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    Chunks Of The Milky Way Galaxy Are Being Sucked Away

    Chunks Of The Milky Way Galaxy Are Being Sucked Away
    Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona / NASA's Mars Exploration Program / Public domain

    Something unidentified, larger than anything in the known universe, is sucking portions of the Milky Way galaxy, AKA your home, away. In 2009, researchers found a cluster of galaxies moving at an extraordinary speed towards a small patch of sky between the constellations of Centaurus and Vela. 

    Scientists have dubbed this phenomenon "dark flow" in reference to other cosmic mysteries, dark matter, and dark energy.

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    The Night Sky Will Someday Be Completely Black

    As the Milky Way Galaxy continues to merge with its neighboring galaxies, the view of the night sky from Earth will change dramatically. The speedy expansion will eventually pull the galaxies apart faster than light, eliminating the distinctive products of the big bang and nullifying points of reference for expansion measurement.

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    Astronauts Must Drink 730 Liters Of Recycled Sweat And Urine To Live In Space For A Year

    Water is a limited resource in space - because of this, astronauts must resort to recycling their own waste. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly consumed approximately 730 liters of recycled urine and sweat during his yearlong mission.

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    Meteors Can Strike Earth With No Warning

    In 2013, a meteorite exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. About 400 people were injured, with most injuries caused by broken glass resulting from the explosion. Conflicting reports hypothesized that the missile was either part of a meteor shower or a single meteorite. 

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    Solar Superstorms Could Cause Blackouts Worldwide

    In July of 2012, a coronal mass ejection (CME), referred to as a solar superstorm by the media, tore through Earth's orbit and collided with the STEREO-A spacecraft. According to Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado, had the superstorm occurred one week earlier, Earth would have received the impact and devastating after-effects.  


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