Dark Energy by Robison Wells
Want to hear something freaky?
Go outside and look at the night sky. Assuming youâ€™re not in a big city, you should see quite a few starsâ€”in the neighborhood of a few thousand. If you have a good set of binoculars, you can increase that to 200,000. If youâ€™re using a telescope in an observatory, you can see more than a billion.
A billion. Thatâ€™s a freakload of stars.
But wait, it gets better.
The Milky Way alone has 400 billion stars. And thatâ€™s just one galaxy. There are more than 170 billion galaxies. If 170 billion galaxies each have 400 billion stars . . .
A septillion. Thatâ€™s one followed by twenty-four zeros. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
So, a freakload of stars.
But you know what else is out there?
Dark energy. Dark matter. We call it dark because we canâ€™t see it, like, at all. We canâ€™t see it, we donâ€™t know what it is, we donâ€™t know where it came from, and yet it makes up 96 percent of the matter in the universe.
Thatâ€™s right: 96 percent of the stuff of the universe is dark, inexplicable something.
The astronomer Carl Sagan said once, â€œSomewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.â€
This story isnâ€™t about dark energy, except to say there is a ton of stuff in the universe that we donâ€™t understand.
Sometimes it lands here.
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