The Universe is incredible. Consider that fact that all of its regular matter, including all of the particles that constitute us, and all visible to us account for only 4% of its total mass. In 1998, we identified the Universe's primary mass portion, which accounts for 70% of its mass. Scientists call it dark matter, even though no one knows exactly what it is.

Although there is still much to learn, some of our fellow hairless apes on our small, moist rock have discovered some amazing facts about our universe. There are some amazing facts about the small but fascinating part of the cosmos we've seen so far, as well as what may still exist.

The Universe is a fascinating place. So we went ahead and collected nine of the most amazing recent space breakthroughs. Are you excited? More information on our amazing Universe can be found here. So keep scrolling down and discover what we have brought for you.

THE UNIVERSE IS SO OLD Dark Energy Accelerated Expansion Afterglow Light Pattern Dark Ages Development of 380,000 yrs. Galaxies, Planets, etc. Inflation Quantum Fluctuations 1st Stars about 400 million yrs. Big Bang Expansion 13.7 billion years CRACKED.COM Astronomers calculated the age of our 13.7 billion year old universe (give or take 130 million years) by measuring the composition of matter and energy to determine how fast the universe expanded in the past. They basically turned back the clock to pinpoint the moment of the Big Bang.



SKY FULL OF GHOSTS CRACKED.COM In 1802, William Herschel discovered that a telescope is like a time machine. The sun's light takes just over 8 mins to reach us, so when we look at the sun, we see it as it was 8 mins ago. Не stated, Some stars are so far away that by the time their light reaches Earth, they are already dead. We see their light, but their bodies perished long ago.



SO MANY STARS CRACKED.COM By multiplying the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way by those 2 trillion galaxies, astronomers estimate roughly 200 sextillion stars (that's 2 followed by 23 zeros). Since better telescopes continue to reveal fainter galaxies, there could be up to 300 sextillion stars or more. That's more than all of the grains of sand on Earth.

Source: bigthink


A TRIP AROUND THE GALAXY CRACKED.COM The sun (and our solar system, obviously) orbits the centre of the Milky Way, and one full lap takes 225 million years. That means that the last time the Sun was in its current position in the galaxy, early dinosaurs were just starting to make an appearance.

Source: lifehack


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