Okay. Forget about alien invasions or giant
meteors rushing toward Earth. There’s something much more dangerous lurking in space, and
it’s called “strange matter.” While people don’t know much about it, experts are sure
that under particular conditions, this stuff would be able to eat our planet alive! But to grasp the concept of strange matter
better, we first need to understand protons, neutrons, and neutron stars. Look at your hand. It’s made up of tiny cells.
If you start to zoom in on these cells, you’ll see a bunch of molecules. Keep going, and
you’ll notice that molecules consist of atoms, which have protons and neutrons in their nucleus.
Outside of all that, you have electrons flying around in small clouds. If you could see all
this up close, you’d find that these particles aren’t crammed together in a tiny space. In
fact, there’s enough room between them to make you wonder why your hand feels solid
at all! But when you touch or press your hand, all
those atoms resist the force. And the harder you press, the more atoms stop you. But what
if you push really, really hard? Oh, then you’ll eventually force the nuclei together
and fuse some new elements! (Not that this is possible if it’s your hand you squeeze
really hard.) But it can happen with a neutron star… Imagine this: a super powerful and massive
star is reaching the end of its life. One of the potential scenarios is that it runs
out of its nuclear fuel and, in a blinding burst, collapses under its own gravity. If
the star had been massive enough, it’ll produce a black hole. But if it wasn’t that
big, a neutron star will appear in its place. At about 10 miles (16 km) across, a neutron
star is itsy bitsy when we’re talking about stars in general. But at the same time, this
small space is unbelievably dense – about 1.4 times the mass of the sun! It means that
just one teaspoon of a neutron star would weigh a staggering 10 million tons! Scientists say that one day these neutrons
can get tired of holding all that weight, and the structure keeping the entire thing
together will collapse. This, in turn, leads to the appearance of a quark star, which is
even smaller and denser than a neutron star. Now let’s say the pressure inside a quark
star is getting stronger. As a result, things called “strange quarks” can appear in
its core. They’ve been dubbed “strange” because, well, they don’t behave like normal
quarks. (I would’ve gone with “quirky quarks” but that’s just me…) Really
simply put, if these strange quarks are numerous enough, they create strange matter, which
is unique and unlike any matter you find on Earth. Oh yeah, and it could be the most dangerous
thing in our Universe! Hang on, I’m getting there! But first, let’s
conduct a virtual experiment with something more familiar than a neutron star. We’ll take
an iron atom and start to squeeze it with tremendous force. Sooner or later, the atom’s
neutrons and protons will blow apart into those quark things. Add some more pressure,
and some of these quarks will change, become heavier, and turn into strange quarks. What
we have on our hands now isn’t an iron atom but something called a strangelet. That’s
a tiny piece of strange matter. Oh, don’t you love science! Strange matter is much heavier than our matter.
Besides, our dear matter is organized and predictable. It consists of atoms that are,
in turn, made up of nuclei and electrons. And our quarks are neatly squeezed into neutrons
and protons where they should be. But strange matter – oh, that’s a bundle
of chaos! Here’s where the “strange” part comes in. Its quarks have no boundaries
– they just run totally amok wherever and however they want. Yet, surprisingly among
all this particle chaos, strange matter remains stable, very dense, and impossible to destruct.
But that’s where it gets a bit disconcerting: strange matter is so stable that it can exist
anywhere in the Universe, even outside a neutron star. But the worst thing is that strange
matter may be… contagious! Imagine an innocent jar of honey that suddenly
goes nuts and decides to consume everything around: the table, plates, your kitchen, you,
the whole galaxy! What a sticky mess! But that’s exactly what may happen if strange
matter was left to roam on its own. It’s like the vampire of particle physics. Anything
it touches can be transformed into strange matter itself. Ok, yeah, but this stuff is happening way
out in space in neutron stars that are thousands of light years away! Well, the thing is, when
two neutron stars collide or when a neutron star crashes into a black hole, these strangelets
break free. And at millions of miles per hour, these tiny (or not so tiny) guys race through
space. They can keep going for billions of years… until they come across something
they can consume. Sadly, a strangelet wouldn’t care whether the object it’s encountered is
a star or a planet full of life! This space invader would get down to work right away,
and soon it would convert Earth and everything on it into more strange matter! So, would there be a way to stop all this
from happening? There is one solution, but it seems kind of impossible at the moment.
You see, to get rid of strange matter, the only thing we could do is toss it into a black
hole. But this escape plan raises all kinds of questions itself. I mean, let’s even
say that we’re at a point when humankind can travel through space, um, Star Wars style. Ok, but still, in order to deposit the dangerous
stuff, you’d need to get really close to the black hole. Let’s picture what would
happen as you approach it. First, you’ll notice some blackness blotting out the light
from surrounding stars. That’s just how strong the gravity of a black hole is – not
even light can pass through it, hence the name. As soon as you get to the black hole’s
edge, aka the event horizon, you won’t be able to turn back because it’s the point
of no return. Even if you were super strong or were traveling
at the speed of light, you still wouldn’t be able to escape the immense gravitational
pull. Plus, you wouldn’t even be able to reach the event horizon in the first place
– you’d be spaghetti by then. No, for real, it’s actually called spaghettification,
and it happens when something is stretched paper-thin by a black hole’s gravitational
field. In other words, everything that approaches a black hole gets broken down into individual
atoms. And we become long thin pasta. Not the best way to go, I’m afraid. Yeah, it’d be a tough and dangerous feat
to transport and throw this strange matter into a black hole. By the way, how would you
transport it there anyway? You could probably use some kind of catapult, but that raises
another question: how are you gonna prevent the strange matter from consuming this catapult,
your spacecraft, or you! Even in this hypothetical sci-fi space travel scenario, it still seems
impossible! In any case, at this point, strange matter
is just a theory that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Interestingly enough, physicists have
considered creating strange matter in a particle accelerator, not unlike the Large Hadron Collider.
Luckily, they later came to the conclusion that it’s impossible to do since particle
accelerators get so hot that they’d immediately melt any appearing strangelets. Phew, what
a relief! But I’d still like to politely ask them to not try it…please? Well, it might be comforting to know that
even if scientists managed to create some strange matter, it’d be too unstable to
live long enough to consume nearby atoms. Plus, the strange matter that would appear
as a result of the experiment would most likely be positively charged. Such strangelets aren’t
too dangerous for our world. Sure, they’d be happy to snack on nearby electrons, but
they probably wouldn’t provoke that terrible chain reaction I just told you about. Probably… In any case, no strangelets have ever invaded
Earth in all the billions of years of its existence, which means that this strange invasion
is highly unlikely to happen, at least not any time soon. So don’t sweat it, and don’t
worry about that jar of honey sitting on the kitchen counter! (maniacal laugh…) Do you think it’s possible for a stray space
strangelet to infect our planet? (Can you say “Stray Space Strangelet” 5 times real
fast?) Let me know if you can, and what else you’re thinking about down in the comments!
And if you love all things space-related, then give this video a like, share it with
a friend, and head over to the Bright Side for more videos to satisfy all your cosmic
needs!

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100 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Thing in the Whole Universe

  • May 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Which is scarier, space or the ocean?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Both are scary

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    I say we get a container to hold the strange matter and put that container holding it and launch into a rocket into the black hole

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    i subscribed its so cool

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    space is scarier

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    🌌💫🌕🌕🌍🌕🌏🌕🌎☑️❎✔️<Mt13:11"

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    The most dangerous is black hole

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    🗿 So, it makes PERFECT SENSE that so many SCIENCE NERDS are ALSO huge fans of SUPER-HERO COMIICS❗ 🌎

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    I never knew a jar of honey is a super vilan in secret lol

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    Our planet has not been attacked before

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Maybe exotic matter may save us from strange matter

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Thank you for informing us about a very important knowledge.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    No I cant say it I am eating a sausage

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    Ocean

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    So your saying that strange matter is matter that makes black holes

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Can you feel the cosmo?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Oh Bright Side became the Dark Side :} :}

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    well if strange matter consumes everything it touches then if you throw it in a black hole dosen't it also turns in strange matter?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I hate your school chanel

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  • August 18, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    Food im thinking bout food 🤤. now I'm thinking about that honey 😰

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    I want bright side to be my teacher

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    No, the honey jar is.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Use anti matter

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    Like Doctor Strange.😨

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    Only GOD knows all your answers.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Does this remind anyone els of a black whole

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    am gonna pass my science pop quiz when we open school thanks bright side

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    Space by like 1 million

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Your my fav channel

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  • August 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Liar, Yo Said Its The Sun Last Vid

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  • August 22, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    Who beleve that he is a sceintist

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    Strange Matter idealism reminds me of Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    From the thumbnail caption alone
    I’d say human beings

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Why a jar of honey?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:14 am
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    So nice editeted

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:50 am
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    MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE UNIVERSE

    "Bright Side you say"

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    Space

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    Hey bright side did u know that light gets spit out of white holes

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I heard if you say bright side five times he will pin you:bright side bright side bright side bright side bright side

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    We need a new Star Trek that explores a lot of the new concepts we have learned.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    People here are not smart enough to understand that Strange Matter can convert our matter into strange matter due to its stability.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    I was already afraid of strange quarks

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    This is one of those times where I hope scientists are wrong in their theories and whatever they are talking about does not actually exist

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  • August 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Can it destroy the train in gta v

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  • August 25, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    My first idea of how to stop something that consumes all matter is antimatter or a super massive black hole

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  • August 26, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    There is one more solution,if stray space stranglet is a matter,then try to use the ant-matter

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    please more cosmic videos

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  • August 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Maybe earth was already touched by this strange matter and life was made possible

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    and i thought the ability to rearrange quarks at will would be dangerous !

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    "Get to the safe zone"…

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    What if we could harness dark matter?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    So strange matter is…

    Bedrock?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    is strange matter sort of like a longer liveing anti matter?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Có ai từ soi sáng qua không

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  • August 27, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    no news about methuselah star 🥺

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    Kurzgesate: wate that's illigal!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    “ Strange Quark ”

    Literally me thinking of BHNA

    (Luaghs In Japanese subtitles)

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    I know a way how to get rid of strange matter….

    Just let it be a part of thanos's 50% wipe out from the entire universe (I think)

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:54 am
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    How to send a strange let into space?

    Me_- simple , just send a rocket with stranglets with it

    No more stranger danger!

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:48 am
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    Wait i thought nothing could escape a black holes event horizen. How come strange matter can?

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  • August 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    You can throw something in the strange matter and when you throw something in space it will continue moving so if you throw something in it make sure its aimed In a black hole so it transforms into strange matter but continues going in the black hole

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  • August 30, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Me when he told us look at your hand

    Me:look at hand about 1000000000 years

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  • August 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Then All the people of our planet shall fuse and create a giant celestial body called ETERNITY made out of galaxies

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  • August 31, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    Bright Side:quriky quark

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    A zombie particle right

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  • August 31, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    OH IT SCARED ME BUT WAS REAL FUN TO KNOW

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Stolen content 👏

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    What if u find something that black holes repel like magnets facing the same way

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    just like strange matter..Kurzgesagt has hit bright side..and bright side has become Kurzgesagt..its contagious. truely 😛

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    Are these strange matter and strangelet antimatters?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    How can we get strangelets into a black hole? Answer is make a cosmic net to gather the particles and have the rockets shoot into the black hole. That’s is my theory, and hopefully it’s sound enough. Sounds theory.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    make a video of conspiracy theories relating to 13

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    Lol bright side has become the Einstein Inc

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    Could strange matter… quark stars .. be responsible for the equations needing dark matter dark energy for gravity to work? perhaps they have different gravitational properties that effect the cosmos..

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Black hole destroy planet and become Perfect Planet to create species and nature. ATOMIC GRAVITATIONAL ASTEROID.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Your mother when she catches you munching before dinner…. true danger

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    What about?

    Mr. 🌟K

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    Can't we politely ask the strange matter to go away?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    Black holes are even strange than strange matter as they consume the strange matter also!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    How to Transport Get a rocket put then it and done

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    I pick space

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    God knows 😀😀😀

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  • September 10, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Stargate sg1 replicators?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    People with black airforces

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:35 am
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    Bright side – Talks about dark things and freaks us about wierd stuffs. What about dark side?!?!?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    how about a strange matter collided with antimatter?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    what if strange matter turns black hole into strange matter?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Someone will sacrifice by taking all strange heavy stuff into black hole in coming billions years and will be remembered for greater sacrifice for another billion years.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Kurzgesagt video of strange matter : exists
    Bright side : its free real estate

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    That just sounds like a black hole with extra steps

    Rick and morty reference

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    Probably is not gonna cut it

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    So strange matter is acid but not acid and different

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  • September 15, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    I saw this in HTUW series, don't remember what season.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:40 am
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    Strange matter: I’m about to end the Milky Way

    Every planet: say good bye to our home😢😢😢😢

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  • September 15, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    StrangeMatter is just like Cancer

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    "strange matter is just a theory that hasn't been confirmed"? WTH?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Did you really just say strangelets break free from a black hole!? Has there been any proof of this? Any observations of this happening? I’d like to know if that’s even possible and if so, how?

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    If someone try to stop the strangematter and tos it into a black hole,then its a suicide mission

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  • September 19, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    The most dangerous thing in our universe?

    Obviously, it's a creeper.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    What if the earth have rings

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