20 Space Objects Ranked by How Badass They Sound

Date:17 July 2018 Author: Asheeqah Howa Tags:, ,

Outer space may be cold and bleak and unspeakably huge, but at least it’s full of far-out objects with bonkers-sounding names like “blitzar,” “black dwarf,” and “dark energy star.” Set course for lava planet ASAP.

20

Lenticular Galaxy

NASA AND THE HUBBLE HERITAGE TEAM (STSCI/AURA)

It’s a galaxy without reserves of star-forming matter.

19

Stephan’s Quintet

NASA, ESA, AND THE HUBBLE SM4 ERO TEAM

Five galaxies sharing a compact space.

18

Lava Planet

ESO /L. CALCADA

A literal hellworld.

17

Pulsar

NASA/CXC/PSU/G.PAVLOV ET AL.

A star no bigger than a large city, made of neutron matter that emits strong radio waves at regular intervals.

16

Thorne–Zytkow object

NASA/CXC/A.HOBART

A pulsar that horned its way into the core of another star.

15

Quasar

ESO/M. KORNMESSER

An energetic supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy actively gobbling matter.

14

Fast Radio Burst

JINGCHUAN YU, BEIJING PLANETARIUM

13

Magnetar

NASA’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER/S. WIESSINGER

A neutron star with an extra-powerful magnetic field.

12

Hoag’s Object

NASA, R. LUCAS (STSCI/AURA)

An unusual galaxy where most of the stars are contained in a ring far from the center of the galaxy.

11

Black Dwarf

Ok actually apparently this is an old flag of Afghanistan? Who knew Afghanistan was super punk in 1901. 
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

After the Sun goes red giant, it will become a white dwarf. After the white dwarf expends its electron matter, it will go dark and become a black dwarf. This is trillions of years in the future and we will all be dead by then.

10

Planetar

NASA/JPL-CALTECH

An old-timey term for an object too massive to be a planet and too small to be a star. We call them brown dwarfs now. Which is too bad.

9

Blitzar

X-RAY: NASA/CXC/RUTGERS/J.HUGHES; OPTICAL: NASA/STSCI

When a star large enough to go supernova explodes, its core typically collapses into either a neutron star or a black hole. A blitzar is a neutron star that spins so fast it collapses into a black hole.

8

Relativistic Time Dilation

ESO

tauri might only feel like a few months to astronauts inside the ship, while Earth experiences it as a 4.3-year voyage.

7

Omega Nebula

ESA, NASA AND J. HESTER (ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY)

6

Wolf-Rayet Star

NASA / STSCI

A hot, luminous star that has lost nearly all of its hydrogen and is now burning and fusing helium.

5

Dark Energy Star

MAXPIXEL

A really cool sounding object that probably doesn’t exist. A small group of physicists think black holes might not exist and the candidates we’ve discovered so far are actually weird, dense dark energy-producing stars.

Since they probably don’t exist, here’s a picture of a dog swimming instead. I’m sorry to have lied to you.

4

Primordial Black Hole

NASA

Theoretical intermediate-mass black holes that formed in the weird hot matter soup in the moments just after the Big Bang and now roam the universe silently, unseen.

3

Hypernova

NASA/GSFC/DANA BERRY

A really, really, really bright, powerful supernova.

Chthonian Planet

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, ALFRED VIDAL-MADJAR (INSTITUT D’ASTROPHYSIQUE DE PARIS, CNRS, FRANCE) AND NASA.

A seemingly rocky planet that’s actually a gas giant that had its atmosphere stripped away.

1

 Blazar

NASA/JPL-CALTECH

A quasar whose jets are pointed directly at Earth.

Previously Published by: Popular Mechanics USA

 

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