There’s an atom-like world hidden in the glass, an orrery of planets and moon; and a black hole at its core, that makes it swivel and sing.

This story by Russell Hemmel is purely fictional. It has no basis in fact. Yet, after receiving this submission, I came across an article on the discovery of a dead galaxy. Recently, astronomers discovered the first example of a dense yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that ceased making stars only a few billion years after the Big Bang. This galaxy captured in glass sang in my mind’s eye as I read it and here it is. //Alex Massey

//Russell Hemmell is a statistician and social scientist from the U.K, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. They can be found at their blog earthianhivemind.net and on Twitter @SPBianchini.//

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