“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of the giants,” wrote Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke in a letter in 1676. While he embraced this notion of scientific advancement, Hooke saw it as an insult. It might have been verily a verbal fight between those two scientists, but what is being focused here emphatically throws light on the mysteries of other world.
Our living planet is endowed with every natural wonder, but up above the sky, there is an abundance of mysteries that astound us completely. In recent days, the first Arabian orbiter sent images of volcanoes on the Red planet. Prior to this, there was a talk about the radio wave signal indicating at alien life on outer world.
Without doubt, scientists remain busy in search of these hidden truths. It seems that researchers have nearly completed their studies on Earth, that’s why they are more interested in comprehending whatever remains unknown about the solar system.
The UAE’s ‘Hope’ probe has sent back its first pictures of Mars as it orbits the planet. The image shows the largest volcano in the solar system — The Olympus Mons — after the spacecraft by NASA and China to Mars. The scientists as well as astute astronomers burnt the midnight oil to search for mysteries of the sky. It is wonderful if there exists another life out there. Does life, be it similar to our own or not, exist elsewhere in our solar system? Our Galaxy? Until 1992, when the first exoplanet was confirmed, it was uncertain whether there were even planets outside those in our own solar system. At present, there are over 3,850 planets around other stars and thousands of recognised planets.
However, the question arises: do any of these planets have conditions that would support life? Space scientists are tracing hints of an aliens existence through an odd radio wave from the direction of the closest star to our bright sun in space.
The narrow beam of the radio signal originating in the area of Proxima Centauri has become an object of fascination to precocious astronomers. It is a small, low-mass star located 4.2465 light-years (1.3020 pc) away from the Sun in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Its Latin name means ” the nearest [star] of Centaurus”. This object was first discovered in 1915 by Robert Innes and is the nearest known star to the Sun. The narrow beam was picked up during 30 hours of observation by the Parkes telescope in Australia in April and May of the year 2020.
The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
In a recent development, the UAE mission ‘Hope’ has succeeded in finding out volcanoes on Mars. Unlike the US and China missions, no part of the UAE Hope orbiter will touch down on the surface of Mars. Instead, it will remain in the orbit around the Red Planet to make various measurements. It will study the daily and seasonal cycles of weather and how the climate of Mars is changing more generally.