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?
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.
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.
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.
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.