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10 'Out Of This World' Cosmos Facts To Get You Excited For 'WordTheatre's In The Cosmos: Where We Come From, Where We Are, And Where We Are Going..."

From creation myths to the Big Bang to alien life forms, a constellation of actors and musicians will bring to life the story of the Cosmos in the words of the great poets, astronomers, comics, philosophers and more on August 26th at the newly renovated Ford Amphitheatre. Here are WordTheatre's top ten facts about the cosmos to get you contemplating the nature of the universe before the show!

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2. There IS sound in space.

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It was previously believed that space was completely silent. However, scientists have recently discovered that sound does exist in the form of electromagnetic vibrations that pulsate in similar wavelengths. Listen for yourself here!

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3. The Universe is constantly expanding.

The most widely accepted theory for why this is, is dark energy. The only thing we know about it is how it affects the universe's expansion.

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4. The Universe is 13.8 billion years old.

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"Scientists calculated this by measuring the composition of matter and energy density in the universe, which enabled them to determine how fast the universe expanded in the past".

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5. Our galaxy will eventually combine with the Andromeda Galaxy.

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"Currently, Andromeda and the Milky Way are about 2.5 million light-years apart. Fueled by gravity, the two galaxies are hurtling toward one another at 402,000 kilometers per hour. But even at that speed, they won’t meet for another four billion years. Then, the two galaxies will collide head-on and fly through one another, leaving gassy, starry tendrils in their wakes. For eons, the pair will continue to come together and fly apart, scrambling stars and redrawing constellations until eventually, after a billion or so years have passed, the two galaxies merge."

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7. The energy of sun rays are 30,000 years old.

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The light rays hitting Earth takes 8 minutes to cross the 93 million miles in order to reach us, but the energy in those rays started their life over 30,000 years ago deep within the core of the sun.

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8. The Universe is filled with remnants of its creation.

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"The cosmic microwave background is made up of light echoes left over from the Big Bang that created the universe 13.7 billion years ago. This relic of the Big Bang explosion hangs around the universe as a pocked veil of radiation."

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9. Black Holes slow time down.

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"The massive gravitational influence of a black hole distorts space and time in the near neighbourhood. The closer you get to a black hole, the slower time runs. Material that gets too close to a black hole gets sucked in and can never escape."

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10. If we condensed the entire timeline of the Cosmos to a calendar year, the entire recorded history of human life to present day would be under 8 minutes.

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If January 1st at midnight was the big bang, then humans would appear December 31st at 11:52pm. The Modern period (beginning in the 16th century), would start at 11:59 at 59 seconds. This is known as the Cosmic Calendar Theory.

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