Facts that prove we know nothing about the Universe
Find out about the most recent discoveries in astronomy that drew scientists closer to resolving the riddles of the Universe.
Owing to spaceships and space probes scientists get new data about the Universe and the Solar system every day.
#1 After all, it is more likely that life on Mars did exist
One of the sources of boron's appearance on Earth is warm pH-neutral underground water, that leaves special veinlets with this chemical element after drying out. This fact gave scientists another strong reason to search for the traces of life once existed on the red planet.
#2 Stephen Hawking launched an extraterrestrial life search programme
However, it's too soon to exult about interstellar flights. It will take several decades to build this spacecraft, since the project requires improvement of many space technologies existing today.
#3 Jupiter and Neptune attack Earth with comets
Yet the NASA scientists' research suggested that Jupiter and Neptune on the contrary, throw objects into inner part of the Solar system, where they can collide with Earth. Besides, it is allegedly Jupiter guilty of sending to our planet the well-known Chelyabinsk meteor.
#4 Liquid water on Pluto
It appears that salt content of the Pluto ocean reaches 30%, which is about the same as that of the Dead Sea on Earth. Yet there are still no data about if anyone inhabits this subglacial ocean.
#5 Venus was once inhabited
#6 Rings and satellites of Saturn are younger than dinosaurs
The data obtained in 2016 suggest that the rings were formed much later than the planet 4 billion years ago. By means of computer simulation it was found that Saturn rings and all its satellites, except Iapetus and Titan, appeared when Earth was inhabited by dinosaurs.
#7 The 9th planet can again appear in the Solar system
By all appearances the planet's diameter is 2-4 times wider than Earth and it is about 10 times heavier. Meanwhile, the planet has no name - it can be named only after its existence is confirmed.
#8 There can be an inhabited planet around the Sun's nearest star
The planet revolves around the star in a so-called habitable zone, which means it can be suitable for life. Simply put, the distance between the planet and the star supposes that water on it can exist in liquid form. If magnetic field and atmosphere are found on this planet, we can fairly count on the presence of living organisms there. Which ones? This question is still to be answered.
# 9 Scientists obtained evidence of black holes' existence
In February of 2016 scientists discovered gravitational waves, predicted by the greatest physicist of the 20th century.
For the first time this clearly confirms black holes exist. Besides, if scientists manage to detect waves, formed as a result of the Big Bang, they will be able to finally understand the mechanism of the Universe's origin.
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