10 signs of a rough and tough universe


Jupiter The space rock that recently plowed into Jupiter and gave it a black eye the size of the Pacific Ocean served up a not-so-gentle reminder of the rough and tough side of our universe. The punch to Jupiter was most likely delivered by an undetected comet and prompted some astronomers to warn that a similar surprise could one day strike Earth and send humans the way of the dinosaurs. Click the “Next” arrow above to learn about nine more bouts of violence in outer space.

More here. (Note: This post is dedicated to Professor Sean Carroll whose fantastic lectures on Dark Energy and Dark Matter have openend an entire new universe for me! These lectures are available through the Teaching Company and anyone remotely interested in the subject must hear them)