The universe is so vast it’s extremely difficult to know the full extent of its complexities. Humans can only scratch at the surface of its immensity, but whenever we do, we pick up remarkable information and images, which are awe-inspiring and baffling in equal measure.
There are a vast number of things that scientists have discovered about our universe that you likely don’t realize. From the astounding to the confounding, here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about our universe.
1. Astronomers have found the mass of the black hole at the center of galaxies is consistently about 1/1000th the mass of the host galaxy.
Most galaxies have a black hole at the center of them, and they have found this correlation to be reasonably consistent.
2. The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe
Our brains are remarkably complex objects with a hundred billion neurons, a quadrillion connections, and we still know very little about how this organic supercomputer operates. But we do know the human brain is the most complicated thing we have yet discovered. It gives us the power to form language and culture, consciousness, the idea of self, the ability to learn, and understand the universe and reflect on our place within it. We even have an inbuilt “model of gravity, “which is pretty useful.
3. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth exactly one galactic revolution ago
Since it takes about 200 million years for a galactic revolution, the last time the Earth was in its current place, dinosaurs were here.
4. There could be an infinite number of universes
This is more speculative theory than a fact, but several branches of mathematics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics have all come to similar conclusions: our universe is just one of many, and we exist in a ‘multiverse.’
There are different ideas of how this could be, one being the concept of atoms only capable of being arranged in a finite…