As long as we can gaze at the stars, planets, and space, it’s no surprise to see strange things. After all, the universe itself is a weird place.

Here is a look at 17 strange things in space:

Nuclear Pasta

Believe it or not, a nuclear pasta exists in space. The strongest substance found in the universe is formed from a dead star’s leftover. According to simulations, neutrons and protons in a shriveled husk of a star is a potential subject to a gravitational force, squeezing them to form linguini-like tangles that would snap.

The Tabby’s Star

Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian at Louisiana University and her team were baffled when they saw one of the weirdest things in space – the star called KIC 846285 with the nickname Tabby’s star. This strange object dips in brightness at irregular intervals. It also dips for odds lengths of time. Today, many researchers believe that the stat is surrounded by the rust’s abnormal ring, causing the darkening.

The Living Fossil Galaxy

In space, we can find other galaxies as big as the Milky Way, like DGSAT I. However, this ultra-diffuse galaxy (UDG) has stars spread out thinly, making them almost invisible. Moreover, when researchers saw it in 2016, it was sitting all alone, unlike other UDGs often found in clusters. These characteristics suggest that it was formed back one billion or more years after the Big Bang, making it a living fossil.

Infrared Stream

After a regular star’s death, neutron stars were formed. These highly dense objects often emit radio waves or even higher-energy radiation. For example, in 2018, astronomers discovered an infrared light’s long stream coming from a neutron star.

The Guiding Neutrino

In 2017, a high-energy neutrino struck the Earth is one of the strangest things in space. It was the first neutrino to arrive with sufficient information about its origin. This object had been flung at our planet about four billion years ago by a flaring blazar.

The Moon Orbiting the Moon

A moon with a moon is also known as moonmoon, submoon, grand moon, moonito, and Monette. The recent studies suggest that their information is nothing impossible.

The Fast Radio Bursts

Researchers have received ultrabright and ultrastrong radio signals that last only a few milliseconds and called them fast radio bursts (FRBs). These enigmatic flashes appear as if coming from billions of light-years away.

Haumea’s Rings

A dwarf planet orbiting in the Kuiper Belt out beyond Neptune is known as Haumea. This fastest-spinning object in the solar system is already one of the weirdest things in space because of its irregular elongated shape. However, it got even stranger when ultra-thin rings were discovered orbiting around it in 2017.

The Saturn’s Hyperion

Saturn was found with a pumice stone-like irregular rock pockmarked with lots of craters called Hyperion. Between 2004 and 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft visited the Saturn system and noticed that Hyperion was charged with the static electricity’s particle beam that flows out into space.

The Double Quasar Image

Any massive objects in space curve light enough to distort the things’ image behind them. Researchers utilized the Hubble Space Telescope to see a quasar. Next, they used that telescope to estimate the expansion rate of the universe. Then, they discovered that it expands faster today than before. This finding disagrees with other measurements. Today, many physicists work hard to determine if their theories are incorrect or search for something else strange.

The Rogue Planet with Auroras

Rogue planets are known to drift through the galaxy. The gravitational forces make them flung away from their parent stars. One strange object in this class is a planet-size object called SIMP J01365663+0933473. This object is 200 light-years away with a magnetic field over 200 times stronger than Jupiter’s magnetic field. Since it is strong enough, it can generate flashing auroras in the rough planet’s atmosphere.

The Dark-Matter-Less Galaxy

Another strange object found in space is dark matter, an unknown substance compromised of 85% of all matter in the universe. In 2018, researchers were puzzled by seeing a peculiar galaxy in 2008. That galaxy is seemed to have dark matter.

The Cosmic Microwave Background

The cosmic microwave background refers to the primordial leftover from the Big Bang. This radiation was first detected in the 1960s and regarded as one of the essential evidence for the Big Bang theory.

The Mini-Black Holes

Mini-black holes are another primordial leftover from the theoretical Big Bang. They impact space-time differently since they have a close relationship with the fifth dimension. If the braneworld theory of gravity is true, thousands of mini-black holes are scattered throughout the solar system.

The Gravity Waves

In the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein predicted that gravity waves are distortions found in the space-time fabric. While they travel at the speed of light, they are not strong enough and only detected those created during the colossal cosmic events.

The Exoplanets

The only known planets found in the universe were those in the solar system until the early 1990s. As of 2010, astronomers age identified over 500 extrasolar planets, including gargantuan gas worlds that orbit the dim, red dwarfs.

The Vacuum Energy

According to Quantum physics, space refers to the virtual subatomic particles’ bubbling brew. These particles are perpetually being created and destroyed and endow each space’s cubic centimeter with a particular energy that produces the anti-gravitational forces. Those forces push space apart. However, it is still a mystery what causes the universe’s accelerated expansion.

Why Studying Earth Helps Explain the Strangest Things in Space 

Scientists are constantly exploring our planet and space to bring insights into the universe’s deep past. Sometimes, we do not need to leave our homes to understand strange things in space. Instead, we look at our planet to know what is there and learn about the things that are not under our feet. In addition, studying our planet helps us learn about how different objects and life in space evolve together by comparing them to the stage of life.

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