Space has inspired science fiction since before H.G. Wells terrified a nation with his War of the Worlds or H.P. Lovecraft’s Mi-Go flew through the aether, but sometimes it seems that actual phenomena in space could have been inspired by science fiction.
Imagine a universe in which burning planets freeze and frozen planets burn, where rogue black holes zoom into the unfathomable depths, where dead stars pulse like strobe lights and interstellar strife could potentially rewrite the laws of phsyics. It almost sounds like a concept some clever Star Trek screenwriter pulled from the sky — except it isn’t. There are some things out there, whether only a few hundred light-years from Earth or far, far away from the Milky way, that are bizarre enough and scientifically anomalous enough to even blow the minds of NASA astronomers.
Sci-fi genre MacGyvers should take note. Flying, spinning, zombie-walking and cannibalizing themselves among the stars are 10 galactic anomalies so out-there, if a Lovecraftian alien fungoid really were to touch down and carry your brain off to Pluto in a canister, it wouldn’t seem so strange.