“First In, Last Out” –A Dark Solution to the Fermi Paradox

 

Very Large Telescope

 

Some scientists have suggested that in our anxious search for the answer to the Fermi Paradox –“are we alone in the cosmos”–we’re searching for intelligent, conscious, tool-making beings that have developed a language we’re capable of understanding, we are, in fact, searching for ourselves .

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Dark Matter –“May Be Older Than the Big Bang”

Dark Matter

 

“We do not know what dark matter is, but if it has anything to do with any scalar particles, it may be older than the Big Bang,” says astrophysicist Tommi Tenkanen at the Johns Hopkins University, who was not part of a 2019 University of Tokyo study that proposed the axion as a candidate for dark matter. The only fundamental scalar quantum field that has been observed in nature is the Higgs field-a field of energy that is thought to exist in every region of the universe.

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“Gargantua” –The Object That Could Swallow Our Solar System

M87 Black Hole

 

“Researchers argue that it’s of utmost importance to unravel the nature of black holes, lest we someday begin to worship them,” said Harvard astrophysicist, Eric Chaisson. In  April 2019 an event took place that was as epic as the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and may make Chaisson’s warning seem prescient.

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“The Galaxy Killer”

M87 Black Hole

 

New research suggests that in massive galaxies, the central black hole –those strange galactic monsters, for whom creation is destruction, death life, chaos order –is like a parasite that ultimately grows and kills off star formation. Although many theories have been proposed to explain this process, known as “quenching,” a new study concludes that the growth rate of black holes must change as galaxies evolve from one stage to the next, suggesting that most of the black hole growth occurs in the “green valley” when galaxies are beginning to quench.

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“Unknown” –Four Never-Before-Seen Circular Objects Detected in Cosmos

 

"Unknown" --Four Never-Before-Seen Circular Objects Detected in Cosmos

 

Invisible radio signals from the cosmos have revealed previously unknown phenomena from prebiotic molecules in a starburst about 250 million light-years from Earth to the true rotation of Mercury. But the most famous occurred on August 6, 1967, when a squiggly stretch of high-speed recordings occupying less than a quarter-inch of astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s radio-telescope readouts revealed the first sign of something strange — an unknown cosmic mystery.

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“Heading Towards Earth” –Strange ‘Red Flag’ Phenomena at Milky Way’s Center

 

Milky Way Center

 

To determine the amount of energy or radiation at the center of the Milky Way, researchers had to peer through a galaxy packed with more than 200 billion stars and harbors dark patches of interstellar dust and gas. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor Bob Benjamin—a leading expert on the structure of stars and gas in the Milky Way– was taking a look at two decades’ worth of data when he spotted a scientific red flag —a peculiar shape poking out of the Milky Way’s dark, dusty center rippling with highly-energized ionized hydrogen moving in the direction of Earth.

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