Although the universe has literally fascinated us for millennia, we still understand just a tiny part of it. In fact, the mere conception of the space´s infinity is something that human mind can hardly ever grasp. Yet, there are things out there that scientists have managed to discover, understand (at least to a certain level) and describe. From a gas cloud 40 billion times larger than the Sun to a diamond planet worth 27 nonillion dollars, here are 25 bizarre things you can only find in outer space.
Hot ice planet
Officially known as Gliese 436 b, the hot ice planet is a Neptune-sized exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf Gliese 436. Although the temperature of the planet reaches 439 C (712 K), its watery surface doesn’t evaporate. Instead, the molecules form a kind of hot, high-pressured ice.
A pulsar is a dense highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. In the past, astronomers thought the radiation, which can be observed when it is pointing toward Earth, was an alien form of communication.
Almost everything in space is unimaginably big and the supergiant, as the name suggests, is no exception. Supergiants are among the most massive and most luminous stars, about ten times more massive and up to million times more luminous than the Sun.
A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field. Hundreds of millions of times stronger than any man-made magnet, the magnetar´s magnetic field could strip information from the magnetic stripes of all credit cards on Earth from as far as halfway to the Moon.
While ordinary stars in the galaxy have velocities on the order of 100 km/s (62 m/s), the hypervelocity stars (especially those near the center of the galaxy, which is where most are thought to be produced), have velocities on the order of 1,000 km/s (620 m/s). Pummeling through space at these speeds, these stars exceed the escape velocity of the galaxy.