Space is huge, and terrifying. Not just because we’ve barely scratched the surface of what lies beyond our blue green rock, but also because most of what we’ve discovered is beautiful beyond comprehension, and would kill us instantly and painfully. As if that’s not enough, new horrific yet insanely cool things are being discovered and not understood daily. Here are 25 Of The Creepiest Things In The Known Universe to keep you up at night.
Black holes are created when stars die.
It’s not enough that they die, they collapse in on themselves so much that they basically make a bathtub drain in the universe that sucks in and drains to who knows where everything that dares come near them. Neat.
Meteors killed the Dinosaurs, and there's more where that came from!
Specifically one called 3753 Cruithne, which orbits the sun at almost the exact same distance as Earth. It’s over three miles wide, but thankfully is going to stay several million miles from our little green blue dot. As far as we know.
Random rogue planets.
There are whole religions devoted to thinking unseen planets are going to crash into us (tiny cult weirdo religions, but they still count). Well, apparently they’re not entirely unfounded because the possibility of a Planet X is something that NASA is seriously looking into (and not ruling out).
All gold on Earth came from outer space via meteors a long long time ago.
So if you’re wearing a gold ring right now, it’s…not from here.
She's not STILL in space, but for awhile, there was a terrified dog dying of stress and heat in space, in 1957.
Her name was Laika, and she was the first living creature to orbit the Earth aboard Sputnik 2, which launched in November in 1957. Laika’s body and Sputnik 2 burned up upon re entry into Earth’s atmosphere the following year, but a poor stray dog dying of stress alone in space ranks pretty high on the creepy (and sad) scale. Poor girl.