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Balls of crushed fire

Seek out some strangely dense objects this winter.
RELATED TOPICS: DENSITY | ELEMENTS
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Matter arranges itself in wildly different ways. Museums display dense cannonball chunks of iron pyrite too heavy to lift, while wispy, barely-there hydrogen dominates the cosmos. It’s everywhere. You wouldn’t float in water if your body didn’t have more hydrogen atoms than anything else.

Why explore this topic? Simple: Some of the most famous weird-density objects now parade overhead.

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