Large vortices formed in the oceans are mathematically equivalent to black holes, argue researchers in Switzerland and the USA. Hitherto unseen, these formations seem to transfer water over long distances and might affect the global climate.
The existence of these giant vortices, which can reach a diameter of 150 km, was known from previous observations. Their role in ocean circulation was difficult to study, as the limits of these rotating water formations were almost impossible to identify. Continue reading
Tomorrow the moon will be painted the color of the fire. It will be possible to witness a rare phenomenon, which some argue to herald the “end of the world”.
The astrological phenomenon, which takes place every 500 years, is called “tetrad” and involves four consecutive lunar eclipses, among which there will be six full moons.
Lunar eclipses happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the sunlight is refracted, giving the moon bright red color, like blood. Continue reading
New data from the NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope show that the center of our galaxy produces far greater amounts of high gamma ray energy, the origin of which can probably be explained by recourse to the mysterious dark matter.
A team of scientists led by astrophysicist Dan Hooper of the U.S. Fermi National Laboratory (Fermilab) said that the new study of gamma radiation in the galactic center is the strongest evidence that at least a part of this powerful energy emission comes from the invisible dark matter. This unknown substance that makes up Continue reading
Are we alone in the universe? This question has occupied our imagination for more than one hundred years. Is our planet the only miracle and home for living organisms among all other planets and galaxies? Many scientists believe that the discovery of alien life is a matter of time.
“We will find life in space during this century“, confidently said Dr. Seth Shostak, the head of the research project SETI , speaking at the meeting of the European Commission considering innovative development.
“There are more than 150 billion galaxies in the space, which are somehow different from our own. Each of these galaxies contains Continue reading
A potential dwarf planet in one of the most remote orbits ever recorded is detected by the Blanco telescope in Chile.
The limits of our Solar System seem to be continually expanding, as the new found celestial body temporarily named «2012 VP113» is estimated to have a diameter of about 450 km and is located in the so-called Oort Cloud. This area is full of millions of moving comets and lies beyond the Kuiper Belt, a region with icy bodies like Pluto (which lost the title of planet in 2006). Continue reading
Astronomers have discovered traces of gravitational waves in the relict radiation, confirming the inflationary model of the universe. As stated by leading scientists around the world, this long-awaited finding will soon be nominated for the Nobel Prize.
The announcement of the discovery about of new evidence supporting the inflationary model of the universe caused an unprecedented excitement in the scientific world.
The central idea of this model states that our universe is only one “unit” in an infinite and ever-expanding set of unrelated parallel universes which form the so-called multiverse. Continue reading
When 200,000 people have decided to participate in the Mars One project , aimed to establish the first colony on Mars, they definitely took into account the fact that it would be a one-way trip.
They know that they can die even before reaching the planet, and even if they get there, it’s most likely that they will die too. And these assumptions are very difficult refute, especially when you consider that everything that ever went to the Red Planet never returned back to Earth. Continue reading
Scientists from the University of Western Australia led by Mehmet Alpaslan discovered that galaxies, which can be occasionally found in the huge empty regions of the universe that lie between the main galaxy clusters, are not scattered in this “desert” chaotically, but rather are aligned into relatively short strings.
According to modern views, the universe is full of large clusters of galaxies, which are embedded in an intricate network of even greater clusters and nodes connected by thin galactic “threads”. This structure is sometimes called a cosmic web, between the cells of which, as commonly believed, there is emptiness.
Of course, even in such regions there are galaxies, but they are few, as astronomers believe, one or two, unlike the hundreds of galaxies in large clusters.
Until now it was thought that …. read more
Space “elevator” is one of the oldest dreams of science fiction, but the possibility of actual construction has been considered for years as it will greatly facilitate the activity in space. In the case of LiftPort Group (Seattle), such a concept is considered for transporting goods to and from the Moon.
According to a report at space.com, such a program should be built using the existing technology and based on simple principles. The basic idea is a “vehicle” which will move up and down on a wire connected to the surface of the Moon, making landings soft and smooth.
In particular, the vision of LiftPort Group includes the missile launch from Earth in a special space station (PicoGravity Laboratory) located in a … read more
Theories about an unknown planet hidden on the outskirts of the Solar System seem to be definitively disproved by NASA’s research. The case of the so-called “Planet X” dates back to the early 20th century, when the American astronomer Percival Lowell proposed the existence of such a body in order to explain some inexplicable features of the orbit of Uranus.
When Pluto was discovered in 1930, many astronomers rushed to celebrate the discovery of the infamous Planet X. But celebrations were premature, since it was finally found that Continue reading