Space Facts That Will Both Terrify And Amaze You

25. The Speed of Light



Everybody loves to imagine themselves flying through the galaxy at the speed of light, at roughly 299,792,458 meters per second; however, the reality might be less fun and a lot more fatal. When coming in contact with an object moving at light speed, hydrogen atoms transform into intensely radioactive particles that could easily wipe out the crew of a starship and destroy electronics in seconds. Just a few stray wisps of hydrogen gas floating through the cosmos could have a radioactive output equivalent to a proton beam created by the Large Hadron Collider.