This Massive Black Hole Is Blasting a Jet at 99% the Speed of Light

In April of 2019, astronomers revealed they had successfully taken the first picture ever of a black hole. Well, you know, the black hole’s silhouette at least, since it’s impossible to take a photo of a black hole itself without crossing the event horizon and getting spaghetti-fied. Now, astronomers have announced that the same black […]

26 Short Facts That Explain Lots of Confusing Things

Just when you think you have this world figured out, all these questions pop up in your mind: why do car rides and rain make you sleepy? Why do airplanes have a hole in the tail? And which water extinguishes fire better, cold or hot? Those answers and plenty more coming your way! 1. Storm […]

What If the Sun Was Twice Smaller

Hello, earthlings! I’m Alan, and I live in the same Solar System as you do. But the chances we’ll ever meet are almost non-existent since your and my Solar Systems exist in parallel worlds! And in my world, people do NOT live on Earth because our Sun is twice smaller than yours! What’s the connection? […]

What If There Was No Gravity for 1 Minute

Remember that unsatisfactory feeling as a kid when you’d try to jump in the air as high as possible, and something brings you back to the ground? Well, that “something” is your Mother. No wait, it’s everybody’s mother, which is Gravity. Like your mother, it’s always there, it never changes, and you can’t break it’s […]

What If Just One Planet Disappeared from the Solar System

Whazzup? My name’s Zid, and I’m from a planet in a place you call the Andromeda Galaxy. I’m in high school, and I have this assignment to find out what will happen to your solar system’s “perfect harmony” if it loses a planet! So, I poof one of yours away with this ray blaster and […]

Why There Is Light on Earth But Not in Space

If you’re not a morning person, then you’d probably love living on the moon or out in space! The whole “lack of oxygen” thing aside, a ‘round-the-clock night sky sounds pretty tempting! But that got me wondering… – Why is there so much light on Earth, but almost none once you leave our planet? You […]

Why Space Shuttles Take Off Only Vertically

The view of a rust-colored rocket carrying an orbiter on it’s back, spewing giant clouds of smoke and rushing to the sky on its fiery tail is iconic. But considering the last Space Shuttle launch was back in 2011, is this the last we’ll ever see of such a thing? What’s next? Could an improved […]

Venus May Have Been Habitable

Venus, the second closest planet to the sun, and Earth’s closest neighbor, is not a place where you’d want to spend your vacation. The atmosphere is corrosive, scorching-hot, and extremely toxic. But recently, scientists have discovered that millions of years ago, Venus was probably nothing like the uninhabitable, hostile world it is today! About 700 […]

The Strangest Star Ever Observed from Earth

The state of our knowledge about the Universe is in a strange place now. We can map countless stars around us, but we seem to be just stumbling upon every discovery. Some of them are so puzzling, even skeptical scientists start to suspect aliens! The brightest example is the Tabby Star, who’s light dims as […]

The Fastest Star Ever Is Going Through Our Galaxy

Well hi! Unless you’re an astronomer, you probably don’t think of stars as moving all that quickly. You might not even know they move at all. If that’s the case, you’d be surprised to learn that a star called S5-HVS1 is zipping through our galaxy at over ten thousand miles per second. [siren] Alright buddy, […]