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Top 10 Mysteries of Outer Space

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posted on May, 5 2010 @ 01:19 AM

Since the beginning of life, man has looked to the stars with a sense of wonder. Between then and now, many advances have been made in the fields of astronomy, mathematics, and physics in an attempt to explain the things we see above, yet the more we believe we understand, the less we really seem to know. In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena, and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are, and in a place so big, is it really plausible to believe that we are alone? And is there any reason someone might not want us to know? This is a list of what I believe to be some of the best mysteries and conspiracy theories of outer space.

Came across this list using stumbleupon (great program if you haven't heard of it). As a few of you might know, the subject I am most interested in is space/astronomy, so I felt it would be worth while to share this list with the masses of my favorite forum, ATS.

10. Simulacrum in Eagle Nebula

One of the strangest photos that has ever been taken of space is that of the Eagle Nebula. The photo itself is supposed to show the birth of a star from the gaseous clouds. However, when the photo was shown on CNN, hundreds of calls came in from people reporting they could see a face in the cloud. When the color of the photo was adjusted, a large human form seemed to appear within the cloud. Scientist have not been able to explain this phenomena

I personally see this one as one of the many cases of human tendency to see facial features in smoke, land formations or anything else that can produce random shapes (clouds etc.) However it is still pretty neat that in the earliest (only?) photo we have of a stars birth, their happens to be a human face watching the event. (well other than yours and mine

9. Where did galaxies come from?

Science has only recently been able to explain where the stars and planets came from. Now, scientists have turned their attention to a much bigger mystery, where did galaxies come from? What is known is that galaxies are not scattered randomly throughout space, rather they are found in clusters, known as “super clusters”. Scientists have two main theories to attempt to explain galaxy formation. First, the gas left over from the big bang clustered together to form galaxies, in which stars and planets were born. Second is that gas from the big bang created stars and planets all over the universe, and they migrated through gravity into galaxies. Neither theory has been universally accepted yet.

I have a feeling that this question will never be answered, well unless we develop time travel that allows us to view it happening, or run into an alien race which has already done so and is willing to share the information with us.

8. Other Earths

Our star, the sun, is just one of trillions in the universe. When you look at the fact that our star has eight planets, and do the math, it tells you that it is possible for there to be eight times as many planets in the universe than stars; an astounding figure. Is it not possible that just one of those planets might have life on it? It is a fact that, since the year 2000, hundreds of extra solar planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars. Some of these have found to be earth- like, such as the planet Gliese 581d, a planet believed to have liquid water on its surface. Could it possibly contain life? Hopefully with advances in technology in the next decade, we will soon know the answer. Till then, it remains one of space’s greatest mysteries.

I find it almost impossible that we are the only life in the universe, it may be presumptuous of me to say so, yet I feel their HAS to be other life in the universe, and not just life but intelligent life to boot. (now whether or not there visiting earth is an entirely different discussion)

7. Are there Other Universes?

This is one of the more controversial arguments out there. The theory is that there are an infinite number of universes, each which is governed by its own set of laws and physics. Many scientists dismiss this argument as nothing more than speculation, as there is no evidence or mathematical law that allows for the existence of other universes. However, believers in this theory have argued that there are none that disprove it either. This is one mystery which can only be solved if we were able to travel there, however, with the expansion of the universe, it is unlikely humanity will ever find the answer.

If you look at history you will find that first we thought we were the only planet, then the only solar system, then galaxies were discovered, maybe it will only be a matter of time before we discovery there are multiple universes as well.

6. Dark Matter

Albert Einstein’s equation E = MC^2 is perhaps the best known equation of the century. However when applied to space, an anomaly occurs. When we use it to determine how much matter the universe should have, we realize that we have only found four percent of the matter in the universe! Where is the rest of it? Many believe it is in the form of dark matter. Where is this dark matter? It’s everywhere, wherever there is no visible matter. Scientists have yet to show any conclusive proof that dark matter does in fact exist. The fact that you can’t see it, touch it, and light and radio waves pass right through it undeterred makes it extremely hard to detect.

I hope this question is answered in my lifetime, maybe the LHC will answer this question for us... Well if they ever get it to function correctly.

5. Mars/Earth Connection

When talking about life on other planets, some say we need go no further than our own solar system. Mars has always been thought to harbor life by many conspiracy theorists, saying that NASA is covering it up. Many photos have also called into question civilization on Mars, such as the face on Mars, Pyramids on Mars, and photo of what appears to be an ape like figure sitting on a rock on Mars. While scientists have come out to debunk these photos, they have also admitted that they believe liquid oceans once covered the surface of Mars before its magnetic field disappeared. Is it possible that life did indeed once exist? The current missions to Mars hopes to answer this question.

Ahh the subject matter of many a thread on ATS, I am personally very interested in Mars and greatly hope we have a manned mission there shortly. Did Mars once harbor life, was it intelligent life? These are questions I can not wait to find the answers to.


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posted on May, 5 2010 @ 01:19 AM
4. UFO sightings by NASA Astronauts

NASA Astronauts are some of the most highly trained and specialized people in the world. Often they are expert scientists that can explain almost anything. So when they see something they can’t explain, you can bet it is going to raise eyebrows. One of the most famous incidents occurred on a live broadcast on NBC in 1963. Major Gordon Cooper was at the end of his 22 orbit solo journey around the earth when he said that out of one of his windows he could see a glowing green object fast approaching. The object then made a sharp turn and shot away. He was sure he was not seeing things, as the radar in his spacecraft picked up the object as well. Upon his return to earth interviewers wanted to ask him about the object, however NASA officials would not allow it.

The stories told by astronauts and airline/air-force pilots are the most convincing to me that their may be visitors from somewhere else stopping by our planet for a visit, this or a incredibly secret series of programs designed to construct and pilot vehicles that are extremely beyond are current publicly known capabilities.

3. “White” Holes

One of Albert Einstein’s greatest accomplishments was the proving, though mathematics, the existence of black holes. From the advances in technology, we now have been able to find several black holes, and believe one to be at the center of our very own Milky Way galaxy. What is astonishing, however, is what Einstein also proved through his equations; white holes also exist. The exact opposite of black holes, white holes are believed to “spit out” an incredible amount of matter from seemingly nothing. Such an object should be easy to find, yet none have been. If one was found, it may help us explain other unknown mysteries, such as where the material that made the galaxies came from.

Much can be speculated when it comes to white holes, one of the ideas i find interesting is that there the reverse end of black holes, and dont exist in our universe, but only in the universe where our black holes "drain" themselves.

2. Ruins on Moon

In this list we have discussed the possibility of life on distant planets, and in near planets. But could it possibly at one time have been as close as the moon? This conspiracy theory states that there are indeed ancient ruins and buildings on the moon, but the government has been censoring them from the public. This theory had no backing until two recent breakthroughs. A man who claims to have worked for the government censoring moon photos came forward with several, explaining how the censorship was done and that indeed there were structures on the moon. More recently, scientist announced they believe they have discovered water, possibly in ice or liquid form, under the surface of the moon. For conspiracy theorists, this was all the proof they needed, while critics dismiss it as “ridiculous speculation”.

Another very popular subject matter here on ATS, was there once life on the moon? Is there now? If so who was/is it? I leave my opinion open to this and the Mars question, maybe one day when private company's/people are capable of getting to these places we'll have the conclusive yes or no answer.

1. Dark Energy

Dark energy is the greatest mystery in the universe today, because of the fact that it is believed to be all around us, and it explains why there seems to be anomalies within the law of gravity. By the law of gravity, large objects, like galaxy clusters, should attract each other, and their gravitational pull should pull in other objects. This however, is not the case, and the fact is most galaxy clusters are moving farther apart. This is due to the fact that the universe is expanding at an incredible rate. To answer the question of why this is, scientists developed the theory of Dark Energy, which has the opposite effect as gravity, pushing things apart. Mathematical calculations have shown that if it exists, it makes up 74% of our universe, outweighing gravity, and this is why the universe is stretching out. However we still have no conclusive proof, so it remains a mystery to us.

Dark Energy if real, could be the solution to all our energy needs, lets hope they find a way of detecting it some day soon, and better yet, a way to collect and harness its potential energy for use here on earth.

So that concludes the list, I hope all who read it enjoyed it as much as I did, and hopefully learned something as well.


posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:00 AM
reply to post by Alaskan Man

Dear Alaskan Man

A truly great thread, the only thing is you have left little for anybody to say.

However the one I did not know about was the first the face in the Eagle Nebula. Were I an sure it can be put down to our human mined that like to see order in disorder it is still very interesting.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:05 AM

Originally posted by MAC269
reply to post by Alaskan Man

the only thing is you have left little for anybody to say.

haha it would appear so since you're the only one to reply, thank you for your kind words tho.

i too had never heard of the first one, even tho i dont think it to be to significant, it is still quite interesting.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:13 AM
reply to post by Alaskan Man

great thread! the face is obviously god keeping an eye on his new/latest creation.

the big bang theory is a crock of that other stuff, brown matter. spock would be appalled at our ignorance.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:16 AM
reply to post by Alaskan Man

That was cool. Depending on the frame of mind some mysteries some not. All interesting though. I really wish the background of the moon photos could be better verified. I just want to know if it's another Bob Lazar. I mean the janitor, not the one who fiddles aliens.

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:52 AM
reply to post by Alaskan Man

Cool Thread

Just one question, on the Mars/Earth Connection picture, I noticed these little black craters (?) and they seem to be in alined with eachother, is that from the telescope/camera/satellite that took the picture?

Kinda looked odd to me, but im pretty sure there's an explanation, or two....or three

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 02:59 AM
This is a great Find!

Would it at all be possible that (given that the theory of a curved space-time is correct) white holes are the 'exits' of black holes? If that were to hold true the future implications would be amazing! Imagine being able to cross our entire universe in mere nano-seconds! Now, only if we could find a way to safely enter one of those pesky things.. Or get to one..

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 03:04 AM
Good thread, will give you a star as some interesting stuff, especially the face

However the Gordon Cooper story is sadly just not true Source

Other than that made up bit by them, enjoyable, good find thank you

## edited to add, maybe not made up by them, just an urban myth thats become accepted ##

[edit on 5-5-2010 by expatwhite]

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 06:32 AM
I enjoyed reading it. Does anyone ever get the feeling that the answers to these kind of questions is staring you straight in the face but you just cant seem to grasp it?

posted on May, 5 2010 @ 09:18 AM
face in the eagle nebula is weird. Maybe it is washington looking at us in the clouds.

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