Space is Scary

This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO???s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail, with even the faint outer edges of the planetary nebula glowing over the background stars.

This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO???s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail, with even the faint outer edges of the planetary nebula glowing over the background stars.

Jamie Hoxsey, Writer

So, the United Arab Emirates just successfully launched a probe (named Hope) into orbit around Mars. While this is very cool it got me thinking about how I’m deeply afraid of space. I decided to share those fears with all of you instead of internalizing that deep dread that space gives me. 

If you know me you probably know on some level that I love the stars and Moon and that’s about where my love ends. I think planets are cool on a surface level and everything in our solar system is chill. What scares me is the thought that I don’t know what lies beyond our solar system. The fact that we cannot be the only living things out there both comforts and scares me more than I could ever explain. The uncertainty of what’s going on out there at any given time gives me the creeps. I’m a person who likes to be in control of everything all of the time and the fact that I can’t single handedly understand everything that’s happening in space makes me unbelievably angry and scared. 

So although I’m fascinated by the stars, the moon, and honestly anything in our solar system, anything outside of our solar system makes my skin crawl. I know I’m not alone in my fear of space. I think as humans it’s natural to be afraid of the things we do not understand. I think it’s just our bodies natural response to things we can’t just fully understand naturally. Not being alone in this fear really comforts me but I wonder if I’m alone in exactly what I fear about space so as annoying as it sounds and makes me feel like a weird youtubed to ask I’d love to read why everyone else is afraid of space OR if you’re not afraid of space what is a similar thing you’re afraid of (ie. the ocean, technology, robots) Idk maybe my fear of space is just a me thing but it truly scares me.