Wow, galaxies are so overrated. Scientists have discovered that about half of the stars in the universe don’t belong to a galaxy at all–they live in the vast open spaces in between. The new stars were discovered by NASA rockets and may help answer some vexing questions cosmologists have been wrestling with–including why so much ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe.
As for the light from these intergalactic stars they’ve just discovered? It’s no small illumiation. “This light is equal to all the light from stars in galaxies,” CIT’s James Bock told Space.com. “This is telling us that stars are torn from their galaxies more often than previously thought.”