Science has come a long way and we now have the ability to understand the deeper meaning of things, predict the future activities and also dig in to the history. But what we still are to explore and understand is all about the Universe. With NASA, ISRO and other scape research organizations spending years on studying the nature of the universe, some questions and many mysteries still stand unanswered. Here is the list of 5 of such mysteries about the universe that might force you to think all night long.
The mystery of the universe starts with the very origin of it. While you might think that this mystery is long solve, there aren’t many scientists who seem to believe this. The best-known proposal to the birth of the universe is the Big Bang Theory that we all read about back in our school days; where the universe was formed after an explosion in a small singularity forming thousands of galaxies and much more. But is it as simple as it sounds? The bang that we often address was not exactly an explosion of the space but in the space, leaving a few questions unanswered. What was the cause of the explosion & What was there before the explosion?
The Monster Black Hole
To let you know a bit first, a black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The black holes are said to form when a star is dying, and hence the matter squeeze into the tiny space, leaving no scope for the light to get out, hence making it impossible for the naked eyes to spot them. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes through which scientists have often observed stars behaving in an alien manner when found near the hole. While the existence of the black holes isn’t new, the latest discovery of the Monster Black Hole has left scientists hunt for an answer. Stella Black holes are formed by the collapse of the stars with masses in the range of 65 to 135 times to that of the undergoes a process resulting in a big explosion, leaving nothing behind. But this isn’t the same.so how did it form is still a question that needs an answer. It will also amaze you to know that there are trillions of galaxies in the Universe and almost every one (including the milky-way) contains a central supermassive black hole.
Are We the Only Living Planet?
The universe is billions of years old with trillions of galaxies all around. Considering the age of the universe and also planet Earth, it seems difficult to understand as to why didn’t we ever find any trace of life beyond earth. Now this question might have a few more answers than what we think. One of the reasons may be that there might be other galaxies with life that we haven’t been able to explore so far while the other could be our understanding towards life. We often think that air, water, light etc. are what is required for life to exist, but what if there are other forms of life that we aren’t really familiar to? While scientists globally are trying to find the traces of life in our universe, we are yet to hear from our universal friends.
While the name sounds alien, so is its nature. Oumuamua is an object whizzing through the solar system which was first discovered in 2017. A space cucumber shaped object that is extreme elongated yet not very wide, is believed not to be a member of the galaxy and have travelled all the way here. What earlier was believed to be an asteroid, was once also suspected to an alien space probe while a theory later suggested it to be a commit. A commit, an asteroid or an alien object, or maybe something else, the answer is yet to be uncovered.
The Red Rectangle Nebula
The universe is known for it’s gas clouds taking on weird yet spectacular forms. But one nebula in particular is perplexing the astronomers is The Red Rectangle Nebula. As the name suggests, this nebula, located in the constellation of Monoceros has a strangely geometrical shape. While the shape definitely attracts the scientists, what creates the mystery around it is its extended emission that glows bright red. While some suggestions that came across in this respect were the encounter of the ultra-violet rays from the sun with the carbon-rich molecules in the dust, the actual reason is yet to be confirmed.