DISCOVER THE UNIVERSE

A MONTHLY COLLECTION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTIFACTS

 
 
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WHAT IS MATTER

You, everything around you, every star you can see in the sky, and every creature on every planet that ever existed are all made of tiny structures of particles that form all visible pieces of our universe. We call everything made of these particles “matter”. But as vast as the universe is, only about .04% of the known universe is made of this matter. As you can see in the chart below, the very thin section at the top is everything in the universe you could ever see (this section may not even be visible on smaller screens).

COMPOSITION OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

Most of the matter that makes up this thin sliver is spread across the universe, entirely out of our reach. Furthermore, of the matter that is accessible to humans here on Earth, most of it comes in relatively unimpressive forms like air, water, and dirt (these things are all important, but quite common here).

But some matter is quite interesting. For example, fossilsferrofluid, and fluorite are all forms of matter here on Earth with wildly different, fascinating properties. But they are all made of the same particles that make up everything else—just in a special configuration and with an interesting journey to reach that configuration. If this variety is what is possible with our tiny speck of a planet, imaging the possibilities the entire universe holds. MATTER is designed to explore this relationship of all things, and the infinite possibilities our universe has to offer.

WHAT YOU GET

We'll ship you a monthly box with an assortment of materials, objects, specimens, or artifacts that have been carefully selected as some of the most fascinating pieces of accessible matter in our universe. All items will include an informative card describing what make that piece of matter impressive. Use this as a starting point for your own research. Part museum, part lab project, these items will feed your curiosity or help spark someone else's. Our subscribers look forward to learning about matter, collecting matter, and appreciating matter.

After all, you are matter.

 
 
 
 

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