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Old October 18th 16, 01:49 AM posted to sci.space.history
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Is there anywhere in space, well out past our solar system, between stars, where
there's absolutely nothing? And by that I mean not even any atoms? Or does the
fact that there's a "space" out there mean there are atoms? Just got to thinking
about it. Thanks.
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Old October 19th 16, 04:53 AM posted to sci.space.history
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On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:14:22 -0700, Fred J. McCall wrote:

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Is there anywhere in space, well out past our solar system, between stars, where
there's absolutely nothing? And by that I mean not even any atoms? Or does the
fact that there's a "space" out there mean there are atoms? Just got to thinking
about it. Thanks.


You're still going to have some atoms. There may be only one in a one
meter cube (intergalactic space), but there will be some.


Okay. But an atom of what? Hydrogen? Carbon?
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Old October 19th 16, 12:42 PM posted to sci.space.history
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On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:53:05 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:14:22 -0700, Fred J. McCall wrote:

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Is there anywhere in space, well out past our solar system, between stars, where
there's absolutely nothing? And by that I mean not even any atoms? Or does the
fact that there's a "space" out there mean there are atoms? Just got to thinking
about it. Thanks.


You're still going to have some atoms. There may be only one in a one
meter cube (intergalactic space), but there will be some.


Okay. But an atom of what? Hydrogen? Carbon?


Short answer: Yes. It could really be almost any atom or molecule but hydrogen, being the most common element is most likely.
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Old October 20th 16, 03:05 AM posted to sci.space.history
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Dean Markley wrote:

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:11:47 AM UTC-4, Fred J. McCall wrote:
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On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:14:22 -0700, Fred J. McCall wrote:

wrote:


Is there anywhere in space, well out past our solar system, between stars, where
there's absolutely nothing? And by that I mean not even any atoms? Or does the
fact that there's a "space" out there mean there are atoms? Just got to thinking
about it. Thanks.


You're still going to have some atoms. There may be only one in a one
meter cube (intergalactic space), but there will be some.

Okay. But an atom of what? Hydrogen? Carbon?


What are stellar winds made up of?

Hint: It's not carbon.


Protons!


And protons are?

[Come on, you're a chemist.]

That's mostly what you're going to find. The occasional atom of other
stuff, especially if you're somewhere near a supernova.


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