Graveyard Shift

Creepy Facts About Outer Space You Can't Unlearn  

Kellen Perry
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List Rules 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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Chunks Of The Milky Way Galaxy Are Being Sucked Away
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Photo: JPL-Caltech/NASA's Mars Exploration Program/CC0

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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A Giant Black Hole Hurls Through Space At Five Million Miles Per Hour
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Photo: Hubble ESA/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

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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Solar Superstorms Could Cause Blackouts Worldwide
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Photo:  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wikimedia Commons/CC0

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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Astronauts Must Drink 730 Liters Of Recycled Sweat And Urine To Live In Space For A Year
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Photo: Andy/flickr/CC-BY-ND 2.0

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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