Many of our hotels pride themselves in the views they have on offer. Some of our hotels however, don’t just specialise in traditional window delights, but have opted to focus on their stargazing potential. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the night-sky and contemplate the ancient canvas…the universe.
To get you in the mood, here are seven mind-bending truths about the universe.
These are light-years-wide clouds full of dust, gas and plasma. Nebulae can clump together and form larger masses and eventually become big enough to form stars. It’s like a drifting creation factory.
When stars die, they go out fighting. We’re talking phenomenal explosions that shed layers of gas far off into space. Eventually, that material forms new stars in a billion-year cycle of birth and death. In fact, our sun is also biding its time before it burns the last of its hydrogen and consumes Mercury and Venus. Experts believe this may happen sometime in the next 5 billion years.
Scientists were perplexed when they discovered that all over the universe, “radio noise” could be heard. It took great minds to work out that the radio waves were a result of radiation left over from the Big Bang!
When the universe was weighed (Yes, they figured out a method to weigh the universe) the numbers didn’t add up. This was until astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky worked out that a bulk of space is made up of a mysterious substance he named “dark matter.”
These things are not to be messed with. As one of the most powerful things in the universe, they are a type of massive black hole located in the centre of some of the oldest galaxies. Meteors, planets and even stars get drawn in and reduced to tiny matter.
When a star reaches the end of its life, it collapses in on itself. This results in the squashing of electrons and protons that fuse together and form neutrons. Our sun could be compressed to an object just 10 miles in diameter during this process. And a neutron star is the densest known thing in the universe. In fact, one sugar cube of neutron star would weigh 100 million tons.
Imagine a star that has cooled so much and grown so tiny yet dense, that even light is sucked into the gravitational pull. But where does it all get sucked to? My head hurts.
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