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The universe is strange, there’s no denying it. You only need to peek outside to witness a wide variety of bizarre, self-replicating plants and animals crawling on a blue ball of semi-molten rock that is protected by a thin, hard shell and shrouded in a flimsy layer of gases. However, the strange occurrences that can be found hiding across the cosmos are much more numerous than our own planet, and every day astronomers discover new discoveries. We examine some of the most bizarre objects in space in the gallery below.
Unknown Radio Signals
NASA Telescope Takes 12-Year Time-Lapse Movie of Entire Sky
Since 2007, scientists have been able to detect extremely powerful, extremely bright radio waves that barely last a few milliseconds. Fast radio bursts (FRBs), which are these mysterious flashes that seem to be coming from billions of light-years distant (they’re not aliens, it’s never aliens), have been given the name. The second repeated FRB signal ever discovered, which flashed six times in a succession, was recently observed by scientists and may help them solve this riddle.
The 12 Strangest Objects Seen in the Universe
The remains of a dead star give rise to the strongest substance in the universe. Simulations suggest that protons and neutrons in a star’s shrivelled shell can be subject to insane gravitational pressure, which would force them into linguini-like tangles of material that would snap — but only if you applied to them a force that was 10 billion times greater than that required to break steel.
Rings Are On Haumea
How One Barren Planet Could ‘Dramatically Narrow’ the Search for Alien Life
The dwarf planet Haumea is already out of the ordinary because it orbits in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. It is the solar system’s fastest-spinning big object due to its odd elongated shape, two moons, and brief daytime. But in 2017, as Haumea passed in front of a star, astronomers detected incredibly thin rings around the object, which were probably the consequence of a collision in the distant past. This made Haumea even stranger.
The Moon and the Moon
Why NASA’s Image of Jupiter’s True Colors Is So Very Special
What is superior to the moon? a moonmoon, as it is known online, is a moon orbiting another moon. Moonmoons, also called submoons, moonitos, grandmoons, moonettes, and moooons, are still hypothetical, but recent calculations indicate that their development is not inconceivable. Maybe one day astronomers will find one.
A galaxy without dark matter?
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It’s unusual that dark matter, which makes up 85% of all stuff in the cosmos, is an unidentified component. However, one thing is at least certain according to researchers: dark matter exists everywhere. Team members were perplexed by a strange galaxy they discovered in March 2018 that appeared to have little dark matter. Even while the discovery strangely gave support to a rival theory contending that dark matter doesn’t exist at all, subsequent research suggested that the celestial anomaly did, in fact, contain dark matter. Astronomers, get your act together!
The Strangest Star
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When Louisiana State University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian and her colleagues first noticed the star known as KIC 846285, they were perplexed. The object, affectionately known as Tabby’s star, would experience unusual dips in brightness, sometimes by as much as 22%, that would last for oddly spaced-out periods of time. There have been a number of theories put forth, including the potential of an alien megastructure, but today’s majority of academics think the star is being encircled by an unusual ring of dust that is the reason for the darkening.
Hyperion with a High Electricity
Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches 2 Classified Military Satellites
Numerous astronomical bodies, such as Neptune’s geyser-emitting Triton and Jupiter’s excessively volcanic Io, could claim the title of oddest moon in the solar system. Saturn’s Hyperion, a pumice-stone-like irregular rock covered in countless craters, is among the oddest-looking objects. In addition, the NASA Cassini mission discovered that Hyperion was charged with a “particle beam” of static electricity that was emitted into space and visited the Saturn system between 2004 and 2017.
An orienting neutrino
Dramatic Galaxy Merger Found Around ‘Monster’ Black Hole by NASA Webb Telescope
On its own, the high-energy neutrino that struck Earth on September 22, 2017, wasn’t all that remarkable. At least once per month, physicists at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica observe neutrinos with a similar energy level. However, this one was unique since it was the first to come with sufficient details about its origin to allow scientists to point telescopes in the direction it originated from. They discovered that it had been launched at Earth 4 billion years prior by a blazar, a supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core that had been consuming nearby material.
The Galaxy of Living Fossils
The Oldest Star Map Ever Discovered Was Hiding in a Medieval Manuscript
DGSAT I is an ultradiffuse galaxy (UDG), which means that although it is the size of the Milky Way, its stars are dispersed so thinly that it is essentially undetectable. But in contrast to other UDGs, which are normally found in clusters, the ghostly DGSAT 1 was sitting alone when it was first spotted by scientists in 2016. The faint object, known as DGSAT 1, is thought to have formed just one billion years after the Big Bang, according to its features, making it a living fossil.
Quasar Double Image
NASA Mars Rover Finally Arrives to Stunning Salty Region
Massive objects bend light in such a way that the image of what is behind them is distorted. The Hubble Space Telescope helped scientists find a quasar from the early universe, and they used that information to determine the universe’s expansion rate. They discovered that the universe is expanding more quickly now than it was then, which is contrary to prior findings. Physics experts must now determine whether their theories are incorrect or if another unexpected phenomenon is present.
Remote Infrared Stream
Why Scientists’ Latest Dark Matter and Dark Energy Calculations Are a Big Deal
After an ordinary star dies, an object known as a neutron star is created. Neutron stars typically release radio waves or higher-energy radiation like X-rays, but in September 2018, scientists discovered an unprecedented lengthy stream of infrared light originating from a neutron star 800 light-years from Earth. The signal may have been produced by a disc of dust surrounding the neutron star, as suggested by the researchers, although the precise cause is yet unknown.
Planet rogue with auroras
NASA Discovers a “Stunning Surprise” as a Smashed Asteroid Develops Twin Tails
Rogue planets that have been ejected from their parent star by gravitational forces are circling the cosmos. The planet-sized object SIMP J01365663+0933473, which is located 200 light-years distant and has a magnetic field that is more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter’s, stands out among the peculiarities in this class. With radio telescopes, this can be observed to produce flashing auroras in its atmosphere.