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Although I'm not quite sure where is the right place for this thread.
Anyway, there's always interesting stuff going on out there so here we are


The latest news is that we may actually have a 9th planet in our solar system, unfortunately it may be some time before we find out for sure

http://www.economist.com/news/scien...lurking-solar-systems-outer-reaches-there-new

So, any cool space related stories? Stick em in here.
 

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Space is little bit scary I think mostly because of it's size but also because allot of it is empty. Some nice stuff in it though !
 
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Space is little bit scary I think mostly because of it's size but also because allot of it is empty. Some nice stuff in it though !
How Big is the Universe?

...while scientists might see a spot that lay 13.8 billion light-years from Earth at the time of the Big Bang, the universe has continued to expand over its lifetime. Today, that same spot is 46 billion light-years away, making the diameter of the observable universe a sphere around 92 billion light-years.
Fuck that.
 

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So anyway, can you grow potatoes with martian soil and poo or what?
Yes

Martian soil

In the movie, after becoming stranded on the surface, Watney resorts to using a combination of his own excrement, water, and Martian soil to grow potatoes. But would Martian soil actually be of any use? Isn’t it sterile and dead?

“In terms of basic mineral content and chemical content, yes it would be possible to grow plants in Martian soil,” said Lavery. “We actually have experiments going on right now using simulated Mars soil, and it indicates that’s a very realistic idea.”

Fact or fiction? Fact
 

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more spacefacts
The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of stars, as was the oxygen. Much of the iron in your body was made during supernovas of stars that occurred long ago and far away. The gold in your jewelry was likely made from neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration gamma-ray bursts. Elements like phosphorus and copper are present in our bodies in only small amounts but are essential to the functioning of all known life. The featured periodic table is color coded to indicate humanity's best guess as to the nuclear origin of all known elements. The sites of nuclear creation of some elements, such as copper, are not really well known and are continuing topics of observational and computational research.

APOD: 2016 January 25 - Where Your Elements Came From
 

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