From global digitization and the beginning of the Age of Man (Anthropocene), to the worst pandemic in over a hundred years, it does feel like more has happened in the last decade than in the previous five. As is the nature of things, not all those changes have been for the better, but some of them have been downright world changing. We are living in a time of change and there is no logical way to deny that fact from a scientific standpoint.
In the middle of all that is going on inside the planet, it is admittedly difficult to be concerned with what is going on outside it. However, the impact of the cosmos is constant, whether we realize it or not. That lone, yellow dwarf star we call the Sun is and always will remain the prime reason why even our blue planet came into existence about 4.54 billion years ago and continues to remain hospitable to life. On the other hand, a single, stray asteroid can obliterate the planet, and thousands of them pass close by us every year!
If we could find just one planet within the Milky Way Galaxy that could potentially support carbon-based lifeforms, it can change the very course of human civilization and future. Considering the fact that the current number of estimated planets within the Milky Way is more than 100 billion, there is little doubt that several such planets do exist. Unfortunately, it’s the distance between Earth and its intragalactic neighbors that stands as the main obstacle.
These are just a few, well-known facts that show us how utterly and incomprehensibly important space research is going to be for the future of mankind, but they do not even begin to scratch the surface of what we have found so far. Note that what we found or at least estimated as is still infinitesimal compared to what remains undiscovered even within the vicinity of our own galaxy.
For reference, there is an estimated 100 – 200 billion galaxies with trillions of star systems within just our current capacity to see with a telescope. From the human perspective though, that knowledge is more than enough to fascinate everyone from casual enthusiasts to even the very astronomers responsible for discovering those facts. Visit and subscribe to The Space Report to stay up to date with the latest discoveries on https://www.thespacereport.org/.
Mystery of the Absent Blue Star
Discovered stars do not generally disappear from the observable universe, at least not without leaving behind a massive supernova. The brightest star ever discovered by man disappeared at some point when we were not “looking.” The ginormous blue star of the Kinman Dwarf Galaxy, which was 2.5-million times brighter than our own sun was discovered back in 2001. From that point until 2011, it was clearly visible to astronomers, even from a distance of 75-million lightyears.
In 2019, scientists were left baffled after discovering that the star had vanished without leaving behind any sign of a supernova. It simply appears as if the star did not even exist there, which is mysterious and somewhat disconcerting! Since that time, multiple space organizations, including NASA, have confirmed that several previously discovered star systems have also disappeared in the last decade or less.
A Star Survives Supernova and Goes on a Galactic Tour
If that sounds like science fiction, then you are not alone in thinking that. However, in what was yet another example of an unexplainable cosmic event, the dwarf white star named SDSS J1240+6710 survived its supernova event and is now shooting across the Milky Way. While it did get thrown off its orbit during the event, SDSS J1240+6710 is the first ever observed shooting star that’s still technically a star.
While we do have some vague theories of “partial supernova” and “irregular star composition” to keep us content for now, there is little doubt about the 2020 event’s uniqueness and novelty, at least to human telescopes. In fact, it has since both changed and expanded our understanding of the stars to a great degree.
The Cosmic Crater
A black hole is the ultimate cosmic predator, sitting right on top of the cosmic food chain, threatening stars, planets, and even light itself. As if the existence of black holes was not disconcerting enough, a new cosmic crater was formed after an explosion of incalculable proportions inside the gaseous Ophiuchus cluster. The intergalactic crater is large enough to accommodate several entire galaxies inside it. As you can probably guess, it was caused by the cluster’s resident supermassive blackhole.
The blackhole could not process all that gas as its fuel, which resulted in the ensuing explosion of intergalactic proportions. The singularity itself is quite alright unfortunately, although it cannot grow beyond its supermassive size currently since it obliterated everything nearby.
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