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Man, space is huge

July 5th, 2018

Size is relative. A carpenter ant is huge compared to a regular ant, but it’s still tiny when compared to, say, your foot. The challenge of adequately describing size is even worse when you start talking about space, which we all know is big, but also happens to be hard to compare to anything else. …

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We might be made of matter that didn’t originate in the Milky Way

July 27th, 2017

Ever wonder what you’re made of? Is Earth, and by extension humanity, built of matter that collected here after the big bang, or are our origins much more complicated? Our little Solar System tucked away between the massive arms of the Milky Way galaxy might not have the origins that scientists have long assumed, and …

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The fastest stars in our galaxy are invaders

July 5th, 2017

We’re pretty familiar with our own Solar System, but the galaxy that we reside in is absolutely enormous. The Milky Way is thought to have somewhere between 100 billion and 400 billion stars, depending on which estimate you favor, and some of the most interesting ones are moving so fast that they stand out in …