Seven Unsolved Mysteries of the Solar System on the Most Important Equation in the Cosmos (The Galaxy Report)

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Today’s stories range from Enormous Impact Flash Seen Light Up Jupiter’s Atmosphere to Has China Just Detected Signals from an Extraterrestrial Civilization to A New Place for Consciousness in Our Understanding of the Universe and much more.

Seven mysteries of the solar system that scientists haven’t solved yet. Why is our moon so strange? Was there ever life on Mars? Great cosmic questions lurk in our heavenly backyard. The next time you look up at a bright full moon, remember: no one knows exactly where the moon came from,” reports VOX.

Massive lightning strike illuminating Jupiter’s atmosphere -Astronomers spotted a giant space rock that slammed into Jupiter, producing a blast of light and energy equivalent to 2 million tons of TNT — the brightest event of its kind since 1994, New Scientist reports.

This is the most important equation in cosmology –– If you want to understand the universe cosmologically, you simply cannot do it without the Friedmann equation. The cosmos is yours, reports Big Think. “Although Hubble’s law, v = Hr, was the equation that provided a basis for observation of the expanding universe, the Friedmann equations derived years earlier provided the basis for modern cosmology. Today, the first Friedmann equation is absolutely essential, from the Big Bang to dark energy and everything in between.”

what is time The mysterious essence of the fourth dimension –The nature of time is a tricky concept. But whether it’s a fundamental part of our universe or just an illusion has huge implications, New Scientist asks.

Mystery Objects: Largest known population of “immortal” brown dwarfs revealed – “It is estimated that up to 60 billion brown dwarfs live in the Milky Way. Because these elusive celestial objects don’t fuse hydrogen at their core, they spend their lives cooling as they lose that gravitational energy from their formation, morphing from a low-mass star to looking like Jupiter as they age. Every brown dwarf ever created still exists because it cannot fuse hydrogen, giving it a quiet, sustained existence on the vast cosmic timeframe.

Has China just detected signals from an extraterrestrial civilization? asks Leonard David for Space.com – “A report from the government-sponsored Science and Technology Daily quotes Zhang Tonjie, chief scientist of a team searching for extraterrestrial civilizations co-founded by Beijing Normal University, the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and from the University of California, Berkeley.” China’s science ministry said this week that it had spotted signs of extraterrestrial life at the world’s largest radio telescope — then it appeared to have quickly deleted a report of the discovery.

New maps of the asteroid Psyche reveal an ancient world of metal and rock-The varied surface suggests a dynamic history that could include metallic eruptions, asteroid concussion impacts and a lost rock mantle, MIT reports.

Astronomers discover a multi-planet system nearby—Just 33 light-years from Earth, the system appears to be home to two rocky, Earth-sized planets, MIT reports.

NASA embarks on a risky mission to study UAPs, reports Axios. “But by launching the investigation, NASA is entering an area of ​​conspiracy and intelligence that is difficult to control, which could pose a risk to the agency’s excellent public reputation.”

Is life the result of the laws of entropy? – Almost 80 years ago, Erwin Schrödinger tried to understand the origin of life based on the physics of the time. Now Stephon Alexander and Salvador Almagro-Moreno are trying to do the same with modern science, reports New Scientist.

The cosmos can kill us in many ways. But the James Webb Space Telescope can help save us –-The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will study many dangerous cosmic phenomena, knowledge of which can help save humanity, Big Think reports. Ultimately, if we are not to end up like the dinosaurs, we must become a multiplanetary species.”

The controversial claim that the universe is crooked could turn cosmology on its head – Our understanding of the universe is underpinned by the cosmological principle: the assumption that, at the largest scale, it looks more or less the same in all directions. What if this is wrong? asks New Scientist.

Google engineer claims its AI is sentient. It definitely isn’t –The engineer working on Google’s AI called LaMDA suffers from what we might call Michelangelo Syndrome. Scientists must guard against arrogance, reports Big Think.

The James Webb Space Telescope was hit by a tiny space rock – but it’s okay -One of the mirrors of NASA’s massive new space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, was struck by a small space rock larger than anything involved in ground testing, New Scientist reports.

Something Strange Affects Venus’ Atmosphere: Is It Life? asks The Daily Galaxy. – “Researchers at the University of Cambridge have concluded: “If life were responsible for the sulfur (SO2) levels we see on Venus, it would destroy everything we know about Venus’s atmospheric chemistry.”

Mysterious cold blobs may be hiding in a distant star– A small star called AU Microscopii appears to contain strange pockets of hydrogen that are more than 1500°C cooler than the rest of the star, and astronomers aren’t sure why, New Scientist reports.

A mysterious intergalactic force is pushing against the Milky Way, reports Paul Sutter for Space.com. “The name might be a bit goofy, but it’s a very real thing. It’s also nothing to worry about – just a normal consequence of the usual process of structure formation that takes place in the universe [checks watch] 13.8 billion years. Meet the dipole repeller.”

A new place for consciousness in our understanding of the universe-To understand mysteries like quantum mechanics and the passage of time, theorists are attempting to reformulate physics to include subjective experience as a physical part of the world, reports New Scientist.

Astronomers are reinventing the formation of the planets, reports Rebecca Boyle for Quanta. Observations of distant planets have meant that the history of the formation of our solar system has had to be almost completely rewritten.

The GAIA revolutionreports Sky & Telescope – “Astronomers will use the latest data release from the Gaia mission to study stellar tsunamis, the history of the Milky Way and more.”

Record-breaking Voyager spacecraft begins shutdown– The groundbreaking probes are still operating after almost 45 years in space, but they will soon lose some of their instruments, Tim Folger reports for Scientific American.

Canadian Telescope delivers deepest radio view of Cosmic Web yet -Data from the CHIME radio observatory are a milestone in the search for the hidden origins of the universal structure, reports Scientific American.

The fastest growing black hole of the last 9 billion years may have been found Australian-led astronomers say – Scientists spot extremely luminous object powered by supermassive black hole, reports The Guardian. “The supermassive black hole consumes the equivalent of one Earth every second and has the mass of 3 billion suns, they estimate. Scientists discovered an extremely bright quasar, a luminous object powered by a supermassive black hole, using the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey – a 1.3-metre telescope in Coonabarabran, New South Wales.

Something Strange Affects Venus’ Atmosphere: Is It Life? reports The Daily Galaxy. “Researchers at the University of Cambridge have concluded: ‘If life were responsible for the sulfur (SO2) levels we see on Venus, it would destroy everything we know about Venus’ atmospheric chemistry.”

Physicists rewrite the basic law that leads to disorder, reports Philip Ball for Quanta. The second law of thermodynamics is among the most sacred in all of science, but it was always based on 19th-century arguments about probabilities. New arguments trace its true source to the flows of quantum information.

Curated by the editors of The Daily Galaxy

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