Like the great Cthulhu, who lies dead and dreaming in the sunken city of Rélyeh, or in the nuclear chaos – the blind idiot god Azathoth, in the stories of HP Lovecraft and other cosmic horror stories – the universe is the home of planets and celestial objects that defy our expectations and truly show terrible environments – where humanity was certainly never meant to travel.
Here are 10 of the most terrible hellscapes in the known universe.
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Imagine standing on the surface of an alien world where the sky is dark and dark red. Magma seas stretch from the horizon to the horizon and the volcanoes are constantly emerging. A red ball of light rises slowly over the horizon, but unlike the star of the earth, it hardly provides light. Five other worlds appear as moons drifting in the dark forever, threatening each other in their eternal celestial dance. Brilliant Auroras fill the sky, burning and caressing the atmosphere, illuminating the surface and everything that breathes.
The Trappist 1
But – there is always one but, is not it? – it can also be terribly inhospitable.  So far, there are indications that these worlds are peacefully orbiting their mother star. However, if our system is an indication, the orbits are rarely static. The Earth itself has at times shown a more elliptical orbit (which has been used as a possible explanation for our many ice ages).
However, a major threat to the emerging life and habitability of the Trappist 1 system may be a process called Magnetic Induction, which results in many of the innermost worlds (even those in the habitable zone) having flowing magma oceans (like Io orbiting Jupiter).
There is also the fact that supercool dwarf stars like Trappist-1 are extremely active. They flicker more than our star, and this could prove particularly dangerous to the planets orbiting in such close proximity.
Trappist-1 is also a very weak star. Super cool dwarfs do not emit much visible light, so processes like photosynthesis may be impossible. So we can probably exclude a rich vegetation.
. 9 Wasp-12b Exoplanet
A black form goes through the surface of a star that is not unlike our own. It shines with a sinister iron-red halo as its star star devours it, the tidal forces crush it and inflate the atmosphere until it is almost the size of a Jupiter.
Welcome to WASP-12b. Deep in the Auriga constellation. Where the tidal powers of their dwarf star parents are so great, they stretch the planet into the shape of a football, and diamonds are as rich as limestone on earth. Although the planet is close to its star, it emits almost no light, making it one of the darkest exoplanets ever discovered.
But it will not be long before the host star devours it.
8 PSO J318.5-22
In the depths of interstellar space, a single villain burns through the darkness. In the stormy dust clouds, there is no star in the night sky. But even if there is no star to warm the sky, the temperatures somehow soar into the 800s and it is raining stony rubble and pure iron.
PSO J318.5-22 is a rogue planet, a lone, wandering Jovian class world without a star, to name their homeland. It exists about 80 light-years away in the constellation Capricornus. It is believed that the planet is six times larger than Jupiter and surprisingly warm for a free-floating object.
The object belongs to a group of stars that formed almost 12 million years ago. This is cosmically relatively new. Scientists are not sure how objects like these eventually float through their loneliness in the depths of interstellar space.
. 7 Mira: A real shooting star
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night. A strange glow is visible in your bedroom window. You go outside and stare into the night sky. You see a new, bright object in the night sky. At first you think it's a comet. But soon realize that it is not so. It is a star that resembles its material to a comet. There is only one problem, your world is in the way.
You've heard of so-called "shooting stars" that you've probably learned too, are no more than meteoroids that burn in our atmosphere. But what if we told you there were real shooting stars in the blackness of space?
With a tail of cosmic gas and debris spanning 13 light-years, Mira is something very special. It's actually part of a binary system, and its partner (Mira-B) feeds on its outstanding partner. An arc shock forms in front of the star as it swallows cosmic dust and gas and anything unhappy enough to get in the way.
What is so scary about it? Imagine that our world is in the way.
. 6 Wander Black Holes (Black Holes)
They look through a telescope and focus on Jupiter. They notice that something is distorting the stars around the bright surface of the planet. Then you see a great trail of gas and dust that spreads from Jupiter to a dark spot, coming through the room.
The earth is rumbling, and you realize that everything is for humanity.
Migratory black holes are terribly frequent in our Milky Way. Scientists have found two possible Jupiter-sized black holes in gas clouds with ALMA, a set of 66 telescopes that spread throughout the Atacama Desert in Chile. It is assumed that there are nearly 100,000,000 black holes in our galaxy.
But what would happen if such a black hole came near us? If a wandering black hole had come anywhere near our star system, the results would be devastating, plunging the orbits of every planet, even our sun, into chaos. The most terrible part? We would not experience it until Jupiter and the other gas giants devour their atmospheres of the immense gravity of the black hole and form an accretion disk.
. 5 Supermassive Electric Current
A massive jet of glowing material shoots from the bright core of a spiral galaxy. Approaching more than 150,000 light years would mean certain death due to the immense radiation and the strongest electric field in the universe.
Like a Billion Lightning Bolt, the cosmic ray that emerges from the supermassive black hole in the nucleus of the Galaxy 3C303 is the strongest electric current ever seen in the known Universe. Scientists are not sure why the electric field is so strong, but one can theorize that it has something to do with the jets that create the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy.
Considering that the Milky Way is estimated to only reach about 100,000 light years in diameter, that's pretty impressive, if not scary.
. 4 Hand of God
Out of the depths of space, a ghostly hand reached for the corpse of a star that became a supernova. It flashes with dangerous x-rays and fills the pulse cloud that makes up the hand every seven seconds.
The hand formation produced by a pulsar nebula, which the pulsar generates, is a puzzle that scientists are still trying to solve. If our Earth were too close to such a pulsar, and in the direct path of its gamma ray and x-ray, all life on earth (except extremophiles in caves and near volcanic oceans) would probably die out.
Pulsars like the one that creates the Hand-God Nebula are actually fast-rotating neutron stars that emit pulses of intense radio waves and electromagnetic radiation. It has been suggested that objects such as these, which emit gamma-ray radiation when directed directly at the earth, can cause mass extinction.
. 3 The Boomerang Nebula
Within the Hourglass Nebula, you freeze almost instantly and crash through space with a dying star.
A protoplanetary nebula created by a dying red giant star 5,000 light-years from Earth. It is the coldest object in the known universe. The average temperature of the boomerang nebula is minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit (or 1 degree Kelvin). The coldest place in the world (located in the Antarctic) is minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile suggest that extremely low temperatures can be caused by the collision of a small companion star that penetrates the surface of the dying red giant dives. The rapid expansion of the gas caused by the collision is probably the cause of the extreme temperature drop.
. 2 RXJ1347
Assuming you had a ship that could take you to this galaxy cluster, it would probably melt in seconds after entering the hottest place in the known universe.
A gas cloud around a galaxy cluster in the constellation Virgo is the hottest place in the known universe. It is believed that this tremendous heavenly heat storm was caused by two colliding clusters of galaxies that led to one of the most violent phenomena in the universe. In a 450,000 light-year-wide area, the cloud shines like a spotlight. Even more frightening is that the Custer floats with X-rays.
Now imagine if the earth is contained in this cluster. How long would our planet last?
. 1 Boötes Void (The Great Nothing)
Imagine falling through space. You try to orient yourself, but in all directions you can only see darkness. Up is down, right, left. No matter where you look, there are no stars, no planets, nothing but pitch black Nothing to keep your senses informed. Now imagine that this is everything you ever knew from the beginning.
A veritable abyss from which nightmares are spawned.
Boötes emptiness is the largest emptiness in the known universe. It has a diameter of nearly 330 million light years and its existence is a bit confusing. Most of the universe appears to be spongy and expands evenly, but the presence of such a void, in which thousands of galaxies could (or should) fit, raises many questions about the origins of the universe.
Answers such as TYPE 4 or 5 extraterrestrial civilizations that can use the light and energy of their galaxies, dark energy or other phenomena have been suggested as possible explanations for Boote's void. Some even think that it could be the epicenter of the Big Bang, and others say their existence refutes the Big Bang as a whole.
The fact that Boote's Void is the largest thing ever ever discovered within the known universe. If the earth were placed in the middle, we would not have known until the 1960s that there were even other galaxies.
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