Life on earth seems so simple. People struggling to lead a good healthy life, people going to jobs, looking after their kids and so on. There are no mysteries left, as long as ‘leading the life’ is concerned. Science, which we humans have developed tries and has been successful in explaining the mysteries of life. Well, except it’s meaning and origin, but still has solved the greats mysteries our universe has put forward.
But what about the outer space? Do we know what is happening in the outer space? What about the Giant Roars coming from the edges of the universe? What about the mysterious probe that is seemingly following our Earth? Why is there a void 250 million light years across in the middle of the space where nothing exists? Do we know everything?
Let’s find out about some mysteries of Space!
Supercharged Space Rays
The Ice-Cube Neutrino Observatory sits in the wintry landscape of South Pole. An awesome name for a thing that captures signs of elusive subatomic particles, known as Neutrinos.
It was constructed in 2010, but shortly after it’s construction. it discovered something MYSTERIOUS!
It was bombarded with a whole lot of different signals. Most of these signals were considered as background noise, but one set of signal was far more mysterious to be ignored.
It was noticed that huge amount of super power cosmic rays were hitting one part of the sky above Southern hemisphere.
Most cosmic rays are hypothesized as being high-energy radiations emitted from stars, which have gone supernova. But when these rays hit the Earth, they usually have lost most of their energy after travelling for hundreds of millions of light years. The cosmic rays recorded in the laboratory were far too powerful to have originated from such an event.
These rays have been detected by the laboratory at an alarming frequency over the past few years.
Some people blame the previously undetected objects or super massive black holes.
Some say that a highly advanced civilisation has sent them as a signal for us to interpret, signals to communicate with humans.
But the source has not been discovered yet.
The Boötes Void
Many mysteries do not involve something mysterious. Actually they involve the ‘absence’ of what should have been, while there isn’t. The Boötes void was discovered by Richard Kirshner in 1981.
The void describes an area of about 250 million light years across, which contains barely any matter in it.
But space is an empty void anyway, right?
But this area is 700 million light years away from Earth and has taken it bit too far in terms of void.
As far as it’s measurement is concerned, think of it in this way.
According to it’s size, the space it occupies should contain about 10,000 galaxies, but it contains only 60.
But what has created such an empty space?
Because of it’s strangely spherical shape, it is believed that some strange force is involved in creation of the void. And it’s probable that a highly advanced civilisation has done it by harnessing the energy of the millions of stars it should have, and hence they are not visible to us.
Anyway, to this date, we don’t know anything about this void.
The Mystery Probe
In November 1991, astronomer James Scotti of Arizona University was searching the sky for asteroids, when he discovered something which did not resemble an asteroid at all and was hurling through the solar system. He tracked the object and discovered further that it measured only 10 metres across, gave unusual levels of brightness, and was rotating in the most peculiar way.
It was named the 1991 V.G and was believed to be a man made object left behind in space. But as there were very few of them at that time, this hypothesis was ruled out.
It was found that the object was revolving around the sun in same way as the Earth does. Scotti investigated further and found out that 1991 V.G will pass from very close distance. At this distance, i.e. 280 thousand miles, most of the asteroids tend to burn up at this distance. To his amusement, Scotti found that the 1991 V.G had already flown near the Earth in 1975 and was still doing the same.
So, is this an asteroid?
Fortunately, we’ll be able to find out more about this asteroid as it’ll pay us another visit in this summer, the summer of 2017.