While humanity has been looking at the stars since ancient times, only recently have we made incredible strides in understanding of outer space. Using math, telescopes, and satellites, we continue to learn about the universe surrounding our little blue planet. Still, there’s so much more to learn and plenty we don’t know and can’t explain. Much of the universe is full of mysterious phenomena beyond our comprehension. Curious to travel among the stars and find out what baffles scientists? Here are 8 Bizarre Things In Outer Space That Can’t Be Explained.
Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Named “Peggy,” the mysterious moon in one of Saturn’s rings continues to baffle scientists. It was recently noticed in 2013 and is believed to be a moon forming in the rings, but no one is 100% sure. When Cassini plummeted into the planet, researchers took more data of the moon to uncover its secrets.
The Great Attractor
Originally discovered in the 1970’s, The Great Attractor remains a mystery because it is exactly in a spot called “The Zone of Avoidance.” The Zone of Avoidance is the middle of our galaxy where there is so much dust and gas that we can’t really see beyond it. The only way we can see it is through x-ray and infrared light. The Great Attractor is essentially a Supercluster of galaxies pulling us towards it. Fortunately, scientists don’t believe we’ll ever reach it.
When stars explode, they turn into giant fireballs called Supernovas. But, a remaining mystery is how this takes place. While astronomers have used computer simulations to better understand the mechanics, what goes on inside a star when it explodes is still a mystery.
Dark Energy is hypothetical material scientists claim is part of the ever-expanding universe but really no one understands what it is. Recently some astronomers have come out saying Dark Energy doesn’t exist at all and that the Universe is not accelerating like we once thought.
Hot Jupiters are gas giants like Jupiter but much hotter. They orbit extremely close to their stars. Since we don’t have anything like them in our solar system, scientists thought they were an oddity. But, we might actually be the oddball as they are much more common than originally thought. Many mysteries surround these gas giants such as how they formed and why they orbit so closely to their stars.
Astronomers have a hard enough time finding dark matter and dark energy in the universe, but they also can’t figure out Baryonic Matter either. Baryonic Matter is the atoms and ions making up the planets, stars, dust, and gas in the universe. Much of it is unaccounted for as if it mysteriously vanished, and they aren’t sure why.
The Giant Void
Scientists discovered a spot in the universe they call “The Giant Void.” Turns out, it definitely lives up to its name. Stretching 1.8 billion light years across, it is an entirely empty section of space without any galaxies. It’s about 3 billion light-years away from Earth. Scientists aren’t sure what it really is or how it became barren.
Cataclysmic Variables are rather unique and odd events in outer space. They are white dwarf stars in very close proximity to red giants. In fact, they’re so close that the red giants strip the white dwarf of all its gas.