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This is your off topic space thread. In it we will discuss the 2nd-most important topic other than baseball in the universe: The Universe.

Hubble Ultra Deep Field -- pretty much everything pictured is a galaxy. About a fingernail's width of the night sky.
Hubble Ultra Deep Field -- pretty much everything pictured is a galaxy. About a fingernail's width of the night sky.
NASA

You know what keeps me up at night? Other than the uncertainties of fielding measurements, the vastness of The Universe is the one thing that has and always will blow my freaking mind.

True story:

My first existential crisis was around the age of 6. I had just learned that my grandpa was an engineer at NASA, which meant he did stuff for stuff that went into space, and that space was (this is a child's mind, now) the place where nothing exists between all the planets and moons and stars and stuff. Or something.

The part that kept me up was that I was trying to imagine what nothing would look like and my mind wrapped itself inside-out, and it continues to this day. I'm convinced that there's no such thing as nothing (no place/no time/no where that nothing ever existed), but I've had people try to convince me that nothing actually is possible but we just couldn't measure it.

Anyway, there's your intro to the topic at hand:

THE UNIVERSE

I'll link some stories from Verge and Wired and the continuing Mars Rover updates we're getting, as well as breaking discoveries and space news and pretty much anything that blows my mind. Please join me.

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