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Adeldor t1_ivad6j7 wrote

Globular clusters are apparently considered poorer locations for potential life, with a dearth of heavier elements and high star population densities making for less stable planetary orbits.


Hawkey2100 OP t1_ivadcnv wrote

Interesting, I didn't know that.


Adeldor t1_ivadmvs wrote

Nevertheless, pictures such as yours are humbling, considering the scale of what one sees.


StrayRabbit t1_ivaiiuk wrote

.. for potential life as we know it. It's a big universe out there.


Adeldor t1_ivam0uj wrote

Well, yes. I figure that's implied. Also, with a sample size of 1, and without any evidence otherwise, it's the only reasonable reference.


Daroph t1_ivbge7t wrote

Also fun fact, extinction events have been tied with our solar systems breach of the galactic plane, as we follow a sine wave pattern in our orbit of the core.
It is thought that background radiation levels become less accommodating of life as we lose the protection of the bulk of the disc.


driverofracecars t1_ivd5sec wrote

Imagine the views at night on a planet near the core of one of those clusters.


feralpeeve t1_ivdzr7f wrote

>at night

There is no night on many worlds in star clusters. When the planet rotates away from the sun it orbits the sky may even be brighter.


DoubleHookshots t1_ivbxr7f wrote

I like how people pretend to know where life could and couldn’t exist.


deasnutz t1_ivdooa6 wrote

Science fiction has probably allowed us to pretend all kinds of crazy nonsensical things could be out there.