These Awesome Facts About Space Will Leave You In Awe.

Space: The undiscovered country. The final frontier. The last vestige of explorers. And, yes, the setting of Star Trek.

Space is the greatest mystery and, even though it literally surrounds us, it’s the one we ignore the most. When was the last time you sat around and pondered how you’re sitting on a planet in the middle of the biggest “ocean” in existence?

We did some pondering for you. These 19 jaw-dropping facts about space might just have you wanting more from the universe. Just don’t try to build your own Starship Enterprise or anything of the sort. They’re not real… yet.

1.) It takes a proton close to 170,000 YEARS to travel from the center of the sun to the surface, and then only 8 minutes to reach Earth.

2.) Spaghettification is what scientists call the effect of falling through a black hole and stretching out like spaghetti. Seriously.

3.) The sun encompasses up 99.8% of the mass of our solar system, which is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg.

4.) Every 14-15 years, some of Saturn’s rings apparently vanish due to their relative thinness to the planet’s body.

5.) Footprints on the moon would last forever if it weren’t for meteoroids, asteroids, and the like. There’s no wind to disturb them.

NASA

6.) More solar energy hits our atmosphere every 1.5 hours than we used in all of 2001 combined.

NASA / ISS Expedition 13

7.) There’s a star trapped in the glare of a supernova for the past 21 years. Given that the supernova is 11 million light years away though, it’s pretty old news.

8.) If you subscribe to the Bing Bang Theory (which was basically proven in recent experiments), then we’re all made from stardust. Every time there was a supernova, newer, more complex atoms were created. These are carbon atoms, which is what we’re composed of.

9.) Scientists confirmed that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate. Scientists noticed that the beetles are able to move their dung balls in a straight line when the sky is clear, but cannot when it is overcast.

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10.) There’s an asteroid like Saturn in our solar system that has rings called Chariklo.

ESO

11.) Jupiter is 2.5 times bigger than all other planets in our solar system combined.

12.) A gas cloud has enough ethanol (alcohol) to fill 400 trillion pints of beer.

13.) Something the size of Mars likely collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, creating the moon.

14.) Our seven fellow planets could fit end to end within our Moon’s orbit around Earth.

15.) As of this writing, we identified 1822 new planets outside our solar system in the last 20 years alone.

ESO

16.) Astronomers discovered a giant ring around Saturn in 2009. At a diameter of 300 Saturns end-to-end, scientists believe the source of the materials originate from Saturn’s moon, Phoebe, which orbits within the ring.

17.) There are no sounds in space, or at least none that you can hear. At best, a few atoms might be able to hit your ear drums.

Warner Bros.

18.) A hexagonal cloud 20,000 miles in diameter exists at Saturn’s north pole.

19.) Space sounds super creepy. Listen to this for yourself…

(via BuzzFeed)

Congratulations! You now know more about space than 99.7% of the world. Just don’t point out factually inaccurate parts of sci-fi movies when watching it with friends. They may dislike you for it.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/space-facts/

Stacey Dash supports fellow actor for Calif. state assembly

http://twitter.com/#!/Judgeola/status/370406320316624896

Republicans coming out of Hollywood? This could become a trend! The latest is actor and entertainment industry union leader Ned Vaughn:

http://twitter.com/#!/NedVaughn/status/370313344382558208

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Actor Ned Vaughn, the No. 2-ranking national officer of SAG-AFTRA, has resigned as executive vice president of the powerful entertainment industry union in order to run for assemblyman in California as a Republican.

Vaughn’s credits include roles in The Hunt for Red October, Apollo 13 and dozens of TV shows. In the fourth season of the Fox hit 24, his character killed the fictional president.

Vaughn’s campaign has received the “full support” of actress Stacey Dash:

http://twitter.com/#!/REALStaceyDash/status/370345402416918528

Yes, there are Republicans in Hollywood.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/08/22/stacey-dash-endorses-fmr-entertainment-union-exec-for-calif-state-assembly/

Race-baiting columnist blames failure of “All-American Muslim” on . . . well, you know

http://twitter.com/#!/WiStateJournal/status/179148745500405760

Leonard Pitts in the Wisconsin State Journal:

This is what Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll and Motown did for African-Americans. It is what Mary Tyler Moore and “Cagney and Lacey” did for feminist women. It is what Ellen DeGeneres, “Will and Grace” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” did for gays.

And, it is why no less an authority than Cosby himself has said he thinks the time is ripe for a Muslim Cosby Show. It is easy to hate “the blacks” as an abstract, but it becomes more difficult once you’ve been in “Cliff Huxtable’s” home and he’s made you laugh and you have recognized your family in his. No, that recognition is not a panacea for cultural animus. But it is a building block toward the recognition of common humanity, and that is no small thing.

So if “All American Muslim” was a failure, it was a noble one. With luck, it will not be long before someone else picks up the baton it has dropped. As the Florida Family Association experience makes clear, success will not be easy. But the hateful paranoia that makes such a thing difficult also makes it necessary.

“We thought we were white,” the man said. They know better now.

Dude, “Firefly” got cancelled.

Front Page Magazine wrote:

That is the problem with propaganda, it isn’t very interesting. Negative propaganda can be entertaining, positive propaganda is stifling. All-American Muslim promotes Islam with weak reality show theatrics that are inferior in drama and entertainment value to the competition. It is so determined to promote its agenda that it utterly fails to be interesting.

With All-American Muslim’s fourth episode, Friday Night Bites, the show continues its obsession with making its women dress in the Imam approved fashion and with promoting the Islamic makeovers to general audiences. The birth of a child to one of the couples leads to a spotlighting of the Muslim call to prayer and the adventures of Fordson High School’s religiously cleansed team continues with more Ramadan than ever.

It would be a stretch to call any of this interesting. Watching All-American Muslim is like watching an extended commercial in which smiling people use a product and talk up its virtues, discussing it at length, in order to convince you to start using it. It’s no wonder that audiences are fleeing the show faster than infidels from the Middle East.

In short, “All-American Muslim” failed because it was about as compelling as Leonard Pitts.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/12/race-baiting-columnist-blames-failure-of-all-american-muslim-on-well-you-know/

This Bright Flash Was Witnessed Overnight In Siberia — What Could It Be?

On Tuesday, October 25, a bright flash lit up the sky near Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.

The mysterious flying object has left many scratching their heads over what exactly it is. At first, people thought it was the ICBM RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile launched by Vladamir Putin’s military in Orenburg, but that missile testing would have been seen much earlier in the day.

Some experts believe it is a man-made object, while others think it is a bolide, which is a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere before it touches the ground. Either way, it must have been an incredible (and unsettling) sight for those who witnessed it.

Some are even saying that it may be a UFO. What do you think?

Read More: Even Celebrities Are Freaked Out By What Was Spotted Flying Over Los Angeles

I’m inclined to believe that it probably was some kind of meteor, but who knows? I’m definitely no expert on the subject.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/mysterious-siberia-sighting/

‘Gay bike conspiracy’? Alec Baldwin’s biking arrest is ‘fun for everybody’! [pic]

http://twitter.com/#!/Ianscotthowland/status/466223395299135488

Every so often, the gods of schadenfreude smile upon us. This is one of those times.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/466239278620889089

More from The New York Post:

A source told Page Six, “Alec was riding his bicycle the wrong way on Fifth Avenue this morning and, when he was stopped by police, he didn’t have ID, so he was handcuffed and arrested. It is not known where he is now or if he is still in police custody.”

According to InTouch Weekly, which first broke the story:

An eyewitness tells the mag the 56-year-old was “calm and quiet” while he was cuffed and put in the back of the police car, though another onlooker said he “went ballistic on the cops, screaming at them” earlier during the altercation.

http://twitter.com/#!/Neal_Dewing/status/466236638377807872

One thing’s for certain: Alec Baldwin is the gift that keeps on giving.

http://twitter.com/#!/joelcifer/status/466238002298376193

The @nypost newsroom when Alec Baldwin news breaks  on Twitpic

We’re with them. This is gold, Jerry. Gold!

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/466235390299369472
http://twitter.com/#!/BrittWhitmire/status/466239196089167872

What's in your wallet? Better be bail money.

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@TwitchyTeam— Adam Wood (@nashvltravelguy) May 13, 2014

Teehee!

http://twitter.com/#!/SooperMexican/status/466242303309672448
http://twitter.com/#!/ejkoolkid13/status/466239875550044160
http://twitter.com/#!/dcbigjohn/status/466237923374157824
http://twitter.com/#!/duchessrebecca/status/466254767556022272
http://twitter.com/#!/CorcoranNYC/status/466249278537486336
http://twitter.com/#!/CK1Blogs/status/466250390926024704
http://twitter.com/#!/stephenkruiser/status/466234695093854208

You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But not yet, apparently. Get on that, NYC!

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/466244553419542528

True. Story.

http://twitter.com/#!/JosephMiner/status/466249887903141888

Amen to that.

Just one word of advice to the perpetually pissed-off pedaler:

http://twitter.com/#!/Will_Antonin/status/466239837998436352

Heh.

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Update:

‘Thar he blows’! Alec Baldwin unloads on NYC’s ‘carnival of stupidity’ after arrest

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of Alec Baldwin

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/13/gay-bike-conspiracy-alec-baldwins-biking-arrest-is-fun-for-everybody-pic/

Transracial Rachel Dolezal responds to racist @HM hoodie with a racist hoodie of her own

Have you heard about the great H&M racist hoodie controversy of 2018? In a nutshell, people went bonkers over this hoodie that says “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” on the front:

Read more: https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/01/11/transracial-rachel-dolezal-responds-to-racist-hm-hoodie-with-a-racist-hoodie-of-her-own/