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Creepy Facts About Outer Space You Can't Unlearn
Last week, BuzzFeed cited sources claiming that an Al Gore presidential campaign was on its way. The report raised the hopes of many Americans, particularly environmentally conscious ones, but soon an official statement from Gore's camp burst our low-carbon bubbles. The brief excitement did, however, bring environmental issues to the forefront, if only temporarily. In picturing a Gore presidency and what he would prioritize, the United States was reminded of how grave climate change is, and how it not only threatens the country, but the future of our planet. And if you need yet another reminder, there are plenty of incredibly depressing facts about planet Earth to choose from. After BuzzFeed released its report , several sources, including an official spokesperson, refuted the claim that Al Gore was mounting a presidential campaign.
Earth really is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. All the other planets, moons, asteroids, and every other bit of matter, including all of the people on Earth, fit into the remaining 0. The amount of ethanol was measured in by British scientists. They found over 30 other chemical compounds in the cloud, but alcohol was the main one, the lead scientist on the study told the New York Times. Voyager 1 recorded the sound of dense plasma vibrating in interstellar space in and
Of all the robots on Mars , only Curiosity and Opportunity are still alive and well, and they're on opposite sides of the planet. Whale calls are usually around 20 hertz, a frequency only just audible to humans. So when scientists started hearing a 52 hertz call , they didn't work out right away that it was a whale. The scientists wrote in a paper :. It is perhaps difficult to accept that if this was a whale, that there could have been only one of this kind in this large oceanic expanse, yet in spite of comprehensive, careful monitoring year-round, only one call with these characteristics has been found anywhere, and there has been only one source each season. Although this story may have a happier ending — some scientists now believe they've picked up similar signals , meaning the whale might not be alone after all. It takes years to complete the journey.
We could have had a Universe without trees, without mountains, without our skies and without oceans. Yet despite the endless possibilities for what could have been, this is the Universe we have. Our Universe exists the way it is, with all the particles, forces, interactions, structures, and the unique history of how it all came to be. Just here, in our own little corner of the Universe, we find ourselves in a forgotten, nondescript little group of galaxies no more or less special than any of the billions out there. Image credit: Wikimedia user Azcolvin
Lunchtime doubly so. Time passes faster for your face than for your feet assuming you're standing up. Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes — and this has been measured. At the top of Mount Everest, a year would be about 15 microseconds shorter than at sea level. A second isn't what you think it is. What you think of as a day — how long it takes the Earth to rotate — isn't 24 hours. It's 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.