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In search of alien life, astronomers focus on the Moon’s dark side

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Scientists are preparing to use telescopes on the far side of the moon, which could help detect signs of alien life, if it really exists, reports telegraph.co.uk.

Astronomers have long fantasized about placing observatories on the surface of the Moon, but recently the idea has been back in the spotlight as people gear up for their next mission to the Moon. Various space organizations plan to install radio telescopes.

This dark and quiet place is ideal for receiving weak, very low frequency radio waves left over from the dark ages of the universe. This is because in this place they are protected from radio communications from Earth. Experts say that these conditions make it possible to find something “extraordinary”.

“This is something that has been around for a long time as an idea. For the first time, agencies are starting to take this very seriously. It becomes something that is considered trustworthy and important, and something that can actually happen. We could do some extraordinary science,” said James Carpenter of ESA’s Human and Robot Research Program.

This comes after the successful launch of NASA’s Artemis, which paved the way for humanity’s return to the Moon by the end of the decade.

“There is a huge interest in projects on the Moon, and for cosmology, this may allow us to reach some of the extreme limits that we dream of. The moon is the most radio-quiet sky in the inner solar system, ” explained Professor Joseph Silka from the Paris Astrophysical Institute.

Back in 2021, NASA announced a proposal for the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope, an ultra-longwave radio telescope on the far side of the Moon.

NASA has said it will be much more effective at learning about the Dark Ages of the universe than ground-based or orbiting telescopes. The dark ages of the universe refer to the period of its early history after the Big Bang, but before the appearance of the first stars.

The team behind the planned telescope is about to deploy space robots to build a half-mile (one kilometer) wide radio telescope in one of several proposed craters on the far side of the surface. The telescope itself will have a wire mesh that must withstand temperatures ranging from -173 degrees Celsius to 127 degrees.

“There is a whole region of the universe that we simply cannot see. The development of this concept can lead to significant breakthroughs, especially in the field of deployment technologies and the use of robots to build giant structures beyond the Earth.

“I am proud to work with this diverse team of experts who are inspiring the world to think about the big ideas that groundbreaking discoveries can make about the universe we live in,” the researchers explained.

But radio telescopes may not only provide clues to the origin of the universe, but also offer the potential to search for extraterrestrial life.

That’s because, if it’s really there, telescopes could detect regular and continuous pulses of energy from outside the universe that could point to alien technology.

Using a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon offers an advantage in this regard because radio signals are often limited by interference from signals on Earth.

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Former US Air Force fighter pilot: UFOs use Star Trek-style warp drive

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A former US Air Force fighter pilot asserts that he has deciphered
the method behind the extraordinary maneuvers of UFOs, reports dailystar.co.uk.

Over
the past two decades, numerous military encounters with these enigmatic
crafts have been reported, prompting a significant investigation by the
Pentagon.

One of the most renowned sightings occurred during the
USS Nimitz encounter, where fighter pilots witnessed a UFO descending
from 28,000 feet to just above sea level in less than a second.

This
astonishing movement would imply that the craft reached a staggering
speed of 19,000 miles per hour, a velocity that would be fatal to any
human pilot.

According
to Chris Lehto, a former USAF pilot, the craft exhibits two key
characteristics: it moves without inertia, essentially lacking weight,
and it accelerates at an incredibly rapid pace without affecting its
surroundings.

Image: NATO Allied Air Command/Facebook

Chris
believes that the explanation lies within a technology that seems
straight out of science fiction. He proposes that the answer to the UFO
enigma lies in the Alcubierre Drive, a theoretical interstellar engine
conceptualized by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994.

The
Alcubierre Drive employs a form of “space warp” technology, reminiscent
of what has been depicted in episodes of Star Trek. By bending space, a
craft inside a “warp bubble” could potentially travel at or even
surpass the speed of light without violating the known laws of physics.

While
the Alcubierre Drive remains a hypothetical concept with challenges to
overcome, Chris notes that the required energy is no longer believed to
be unattainably large.

Patents
filed with the US patent office outline the potential workings of the
drive, as well as another groundbreaking technology theorized by
American aerospace engineer Salvatore Pais.

Pais suggests that
high-powered rotating magnets could theoretically eliminate an object’s
inertia, and he has filed a patent for a starship based on this
principle.

However, Chris maintains skepticism regarding Pais’
theory. He explains that while Pais’s patent applications for the US
Navy attracted attention for their potential energy-related
applications, doubts have been raised about their feasibility. There is
speculation that they may be scams, pseudoscience, or disinformation
intended to mislead adversaries of the United States.

Alternatively,
rival theories propose that the “Tic Tac” UFO is a classified Pentagon
project testing similar advanced technologies discussed by Chris.

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A Mysterious Earth-Like Planet Has Just Appeared in Our Solar System, Scientists Say

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Scientists say they have found evidence of a new Earth-like
planet that has suddenly appeared in our Solar System and is orbiting
the Sun.

Physicists, including those from the National Astronomical Observatory
of Japan, said the planet is likely to be the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’
that was hypothesised to exist in the far outer edges of the Solar
System.

Several studies in the past have suggested there is likely an
undiscovered planet beyond the Kuiper Belt – a stellar disk of materials
such as asteroids, space rocks, comets around the Sun in the outer
Solar System past the orbit of Neptune.

Independent.co.uk reports: In the new research, published recently in The Astronomical Journal, scientists
found that some of the objects in the Kuiper Belt behave in a way
indicative of the presence of a small planet among them.

One such object, they said, is about 500 astronomical units (AU) from
the Sun, where 1 AU is the distance between the Sun and the Earth.

In comparison Neptune is at a distance of 30 AUs from the Sun.

Some of these were also found to have “odd” orbits suggesting they
are being pull by the gravity of a cosmic entity larger than those that
typically influence such objects.

Computer simulations run by the scientists indicate that the most
likely explanation for the observations was another hidden planet in the
Kuiper Belt.

“We predict the existence of an Earth-like planet,” researchers wrote in the study.

“It is plausible that a primordial planetary body could survive in
the distant Kuiper Belt as a Kuiper Belt planet (KBP), as many such
bodies existed in the early solar system,” they added.

If such a planet exists, researchers say it would have a mass about
1.5 to 3 times that of Earth with an inclination of about 30 degrees.

They say the theorised planet’s orbit would likely place it between 250 and 500 AU from the Sun.

Researchers say the discovery of such a planet close to the Kuiper
Belt can unravel new constraints on planet formation and evolution.

“In conclusion, the results of the KBP scenario support the existence
of a yet-undiscovered planet in the far outer solar system,” scientists
noted.

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