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Top 10 Mysteries of Outer Space

Since the beginning of life, man has looked to the stars with a sense of wonder. Between then and now, many advances have been made in the fields of astronomy, mathematics, and physics in an attempt to explain the things we see above, yet the more we believe we understand, the less we really seem to know. In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena, and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are, and in a place so big, is it really plausible to believe that we are alone? And is there any reason someone might not want us to know? This is a list of what I believe to be some of the best mysteries and conspiracy theories of outer space.


Simulacrum in Eagle Nebula

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One of the strangest photos that has ever been taken of space is that of the Eagle Nebula. The photo itself is supposed to show the birth of a star from the gaseous clouds. However, when the photo was shown on CNN, hundreds of calls came in from people reporting they could see a face in the cloud. When the color of the photo was adjusted, a large human form seemed to appear within the cloud. Scientist have not been able to explain this phenomena (though listverse very possible has on this list – see item 1). You can read more about it here.


Where did galaxies come from?


Science has only recently been able to explain where the stars and planets came from. Now, scientists have turned their attention to a much bigger mystery, where did galaxies come from? What is known is that galaxies are not scattered randomly throughout space, rather they are found in clusters, known as “super clusters”. Scientists have two main theories to attempt to explain galaxy formation. First, the gas left over from the big bang clustered together to form galaxies, in which stars and planets were born. Second is that gas from the big bang created stars and planets all over the universe, and they migrated through gravity into galaxies. Neither theory has been universally accepted yet.


Other Earths

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Our star, the sun, is just one of trillions in the universe. When you look at the fact that our star has eight planets, and do the math, it tells you that it is possible for there to be eight times as many planets in the universe than stars; an astounding figure. Is it not possible that just one of those planets might have life on it? It is a fact that, since the year 2000, hundreds of extra solar planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars. Some of these have found to be earth- like, such as the planet Gliese 581d, a planet believed to have liquid water on its surface. Could it possibly contain life? Hopefully with advances in technology in the next decade, we will soon know the answer. Till then, it remains one of space’s greatest mysteries.


Are there Other Universes?

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This is one of the more controversial arguments out there. The theory is that there are an infinite number of universes, each which is governed by its own set of laws and physics. Many scientists dismiss this argument as nothing more than speculation, as there is no evidence or mathematical law that allows for the existence of other universes. However, believers in this theory have argued that there are none that disprove it either. This is one mystery which can only be solved if we were able to travel there, however, with the expansion of the universe, it is unlikely humanity will ever find the answer.


Dark Matter


Albert Einstein’s equation E = MC^2 is perhaps the best known equation of the century. However when applied to space, an anomaly occurs. When we use it to determine how much matter the universe should have, we realize that we have only found four percent of the matter in the universe! Where is the rest of it? Many believe it is in the form of dark matter. Where is this dark matter? It’s everywhere,  wherever there is no visible matter. Scientists have yet to show any conclusive proof that dark matter does in fact exist. The fact that you can’t see it, touch it, and light and radio waves pass right through it undeterred makes it extremely hard to detect.


Mars/Earth Connection


When talking about life on other planets, some say we need go no further than our own solar system. Mars has always been thought to harbor life by many conspiracy theorists, saying that NASA is covering it up. Many photos have also called into question civilization on Mars, such as the face on Mars, Pyramids on Mars, and photo of what appears to be an ape like figure sitting on a rock on Mars. While scientists have come out to debunk these photos, they have also admitted that they believe liquid oceans once covered the surface of Mars before its magnetic field disappeared. Is it possible that life did indeed once exist? The current missions to Mars hopes to answer this question.


UFO sightings by NASA Astronauts


NASA Astronauts are some of the most highly trained and specialized people in the world. Often they are expert scientists that can explain almost anything. So when they see something they can’t explain, you can bet it is going to raise eyebrows. One of the most famous incidents occurred on a live broadcast on NBC in 1963. Major Gordon Cooper was at the end of his 22 orbit solo journey around the earth when he said that out of one of his windows he could see a glowing green object fast approaching. The object then made a sharp turn and shot away. He was sure he was not seeing things, as the radar in his spacecraft picked up the object as well. Upon his return to earth interviewers wanted to ask him about the object, however NASA officials would not allow it. You can read about this and other Astronaut sightings at this web site.


“White” Holes


One of Albert Einstein’s greatest accomplishments was the proving, though mathematics, the existence of black holes. From the advances in technology, we now have been able to find several black holes, and believe one to be at the center of our very own Milky Way galaxy. What is astonishing, however, is what Einstein also proved through his equations;  white holes also exist. The exact opposite of black holes, white holes are believed to “spit out” an incredible amount of matter from seemingly nothing. Such an object should  be easy to find, yet none have been. If one was found, it may help us explain other unknown mysteries, such as where the material that made the galaxies came from.


Ruins on Moon


In this list we have discussed the possibility of life on distant planets, and in near planets. But could it possibly at one time have been as close as the moon? This conspiracy theory states that there are indeed ancient ruins and buildings on the moon, but the government has been censoring them from the public. This theory had no backing until two recent breakthroughs. A man who claims to have worked for the government censoring moon photos came forward with several, explaining how the censorship was done and that indeed there were structures on the moon. More recently, scientist announced they believe they have discovered water, possibly in ice or liquid form, under the surface of the moon. For conspiracy theorists, this was all the proof they needed, while critics dismiss it as “ridiculous speculation”. You can read more about this, and watch a fascinating video, here.


Dark Energy


Dark energy is the greatest mystery in the universe today, because of the fact that it is believed to be all around us, and it explains why there seems to be anomalies within the law of gravity. By the law of gravity, large objects, like galaxy clusters, should attract each other, and their gravitational pull should pull in other objects. This however, is not the case, and the fact is most galaxy clusters are moving farther apart. This is due to the fact that the universe is expanding at an incredible rate. To answer the question of why this is, scientists developed the theory of Dark Energy, which has the opposite effect as gravity, pushing things apart. Mathematical calculations have shown that if it exists, it makes up 74% of our universe, outweighing gravity, and this is why the universe is stretching out. However we still have no conclusive proof, so it remains a mystery to us.

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  • Gregory

    what a rubbish list, written by someone who has no clue about outer space. 10, 5, 4 and 2 are nothing at all…just conspiracy theorist rubbish that has already proven to be false and a big waste of time. You could have put another 4 valid and great things on that list instead of that. 10 and 5 can be explained by this...

    • jim

      oh yes. wikipedia. the worlds most accurate source of information.

    • jose

      i know right lol jim

    • silius

      it’ people like gregory that make humans a joke. you are pathetic in you’re narrow mindedness. you make me embarassed to live on the same planet as you ….feable little brained twit.

      • nebula guy

        I`d have to agree with you there , you took the words right out of my mouth , what a dumbass ( gregory) He probably is another one of those people that think mankind is the pinnace of evolution , and that there is no life in the universe , except earth. WRONG , so wrong………………..

        • Stas

          What a bunch of idiot assholes, just google Pareidolia if you don’t trust wiki, Or open a fucking encyclopedia.

          • Maritza

            Chopra sakpes in sound bites that sound scientific, yet he says nothing. Why do they invite him to discussions like this?I’m also wondering, is the link to the download for the book legal?

          • that guy

            While Pareidolia may explain some of the human’s perception about many things. this does not conclude nor prove anything. don’t call them idiot just becuase you know how not to be tricked by Pereidolia. it’s a matter of opinion

    • Ezra

      Just because it’s been written false doesn’t mean it cannot be true still. At one point, the Earth was written off as being flat yet it is round. You never know what can or cannot be true unless you discover it and are able to prove that it is. They have not proven to us that 10, 5, 4, and 2 are utterly impossible except for the fact they just said it is because the current math/scientific equations doesn’t allow for it to be. Remember, those equations are always changing.

  • Vladimir Lenin

    Why I died?

    • Peasant in Russia

      >:D I celebrate your death!

  • .Choosilicious

    Is it possible that a white hole is in the other end of a black hole? What goes into the black hole maybe(just maybe)is transported through a tiny invisible tube that links it to a white hole where everything comes out again.

    • IAK

      smartest thing i've heard all day :)

    • Tim

      Yeah i think that’s the theory. Also there is speculation that if the multiverse theory were true then you could travel through a black hole and get spat out of a white hole in a different universe (although you’d be squished into nothing but atoms by the gravity though… :P)

      • Tairaa

        Parallel universe! 0:

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  • kster

    Oooh I really like this list. :)

  • Cj

    Oh man….I can’t believe it!!! I’m so exited to know the answer!

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  • Toysaber

    This list really was amazing. Got me thinking and inspired.

  • KatiesGoldenDust

    I like this list. Space is so intriguing and mysterious to me. I always love learning something new or two about it. :)

  • tictacpat

    Very interesting and confusing list. Makes me wonder about all those things we usually never think of..

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  • Cj

    I agree with KatiesGoldenDust…I would always love to learn something new…especially when it’s about outer space!

  • niksz79

    GOOD LIST!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CurtShmurt

    I have to agree with Gregory. Spelling is atrocious too…grammar…but I’m just sayin’

  • Vera Lynn

    I love stuff like this. Its my favorite!! :)

  • google

    alright list…

  • elberto

    cool!! i love the outer space.. :)

  • Vikas

    Einstein did not even believe in black holes. Others used his equations to predict them.

    The UFO and seeing stuff in clouds really ruined what could have been a great list.

  • Nerothought

    I like this list. Its awesome well done, But some are conspiracy theories.

  • .Choosilicious

    Finally, an interesting list!

  • rain

    Good List!
    Happy New Year everybody. :D

  • Joseph Stalin

    Now this is a good list! To reward you, mtarmyman, you are given residence in um… Soviet Union?

  • kate

    Too many conspiracy theories for me, thanks.

    JFrater, do you not proofread? Spelling and grammar is horrible in this list.

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  • drX

    There are so many errors on this list, that it is almost ridiculous. Here I’ll just elaborate on two of them:
    1st; on the multiverse theory, string theory postulates an upper bound on the number of universes to about 10^10^16 :

    2nd; Einstein’s energy-mass equivalence equation (E=mc^2; which a simplification of E^2-(pc)^2=(m0c^2)^2) was not at all used in the theory of dark matter; it was postulated from mainly observational data, e.g. anomalies within Galactic rotation [1] curves; CMB data etc [2]…

  • CurtShmurt

    #15 Vikas yeah…but other things also kinda made this list kinda lame…No. 10 on the list is like those Jebus faces that people find on grilled cheese sandwiches…stains on wall…y’know…I know, I know posters…I have shitty grammar myself.

    Angels and ministers of grace defend us…

  • kate


    it doesnt matter if your grammar is bad cause you’re not writing the list!
    and that’s exactly what i thought too. most of us know that the human brain is wired to see human faces in ordinary things, so #10 has no place here.

  • CurtShmurt

    #26-Like an urethra? j/k

  • Joanne

    weird list, particularly about #8: I have been emailing JFrater about an exoplanet list in the last few days – how’s it going, Jamie?

  • CurtShmurt

    #27 kate, aye…

  • FlashofFury

    You guys are some haters. I don’t see any of you fools writing lists. This is a list of mysteries of outer space. MYSTERIES! That does not exclude conspiracy theories, because we do not know if they’re true or not.

    I do agree on the spelling though, that should probably have gotten fixed.

  • CurtShmurt

    I’m sold on extrasolar planets however…I did enjoy the list; even with the pulp fiction…right on…I’m not a total bummer dont’cha know

  • Rowena

    @26 .Choosilicious: it has indeed been postulated that white and black holes may be linked into things called wormholes, where the matter goes in at one end and comes out at the other – these are, in fact, one of the most likely mechanisms to create backwards time travel in the future (forwards time travel is easy – just travel off somewhere at the speed of light and come back, or go sit beside a neutron star).

  • MPW

    I have always been intrigued by the possibilities of space. Nice list!

  • CurtShmurt

    #35-Oh give the guy a break…he did provide some interesting links…c’mon…

  • Rowena

    So there are grammar mistakes, so there are a few spelling mistakes – does that in itself make the list lame, BravehisTickle? Kate? CurtSchmurt? Not that I would complain if they were fixed – but they’re not all that huge.

    And for those who are complaining about the conspiracy theories, it does SAY right there at the top of the list that some of them are conspiracy theories – they are still unknowns.

  • MPW

    It takes two shitastically written posts and a third post correcting your on error to complain about how poorly written a list is?

  • Rowena

    Ok, I see you’ve said it’s not lame, CurtShmurt. Sorry about that – I posted before I read your latest.

  • CurtShmurt

    O shit! I forgot to mention drX’s forum dissertation…long story short; I’m kinda sold on the string theory too…Einstein and Schrodinger’s cat…well not sold completely…

  • CurtShmurt

    #41-My favourite sport is jumping to conclusions! hahah

  • Holydiver

    While this list is pretty interesting and better then alot of other recent lists, I have to agree with #2 ‘Gregory’

    Conspiracies certaintly shouldnt be included in a mysteries list as they are mostly the result of over-active imaginations.

    A mystery is something we don’t know and when it comes to buildings on mars/the moon there’s no question for any respectable scientist.

    What the general populace may or may not believe is irrevelant, when it comes to evidence that is nothing more then a couple photo’s that vaguely resemble things in our everyday lives.

    Anyway just my silly opinion.

    Interesting list :D

  • Rowena

    I’m glad to see you’re not offended, CurtShmurt. I do it inadvertently all the time.

  • CurtShmurt

    Oh poo…I let it all roll off my back…

  • CurtShmurt

    I’m terrible for shooting my mouth off! Christmas dinner was very tense this year…the “Feats of Strength”. “Airing of Grievances”…I thought we were celebrating Festivus…turns out it was Christmas…hoooommm…hahah

  • ldux

    @Vladimir Lenin (24):

    because half of your brain was rotten from sifilis

    There are so many mysteries on Earth, we should solve them first. For example, scientist have not been able to explain this phenomena:

  • CurtShmurt

    Me mah was not pleased

  • CurtShmurt

    Idux! That’s terrible but I can’t help but “Laugh My Ass Off”! hahah

  • Andres

    Love the topic and the general idea of the list but there does seem to be a blend of scientific topics (I liked the placement of dark energy at number one!) and non-scientific conspiracy. Ancient civilizations in the Moon and Mars are not a mystery, as are the questions of where other civilizations really live, what their level of development is, and whether they’re still around. Cosmic strings would have been a good topic. Gamma-ray bursts are not that provocative but remain a mystery nonetheless. The WMAP Cold Spot would have been an excellent entry, as some even claim it could be the footprint of another universe.

  • astraya

    JBS Haldane said “Space is not only queerer than we imagine. It is queerer than we can imagine.” And that was before many of these discoveries.

    If this list was submitted for the Christmas competition, then it should have been spell-checked and grammar-checked.

  • CurtShmurt

    #52 astraya-More queer than queerer…good lard! hahah

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  • physics

    this list is crap

    the author is a n00b when it comes to space.

  • Cazzazz

    I am linking this to a very geeky friend IMMEDIATELY! He may fly off the handles about some of the entries but methinks we’ll have a good ol’ chat about it.

    Interesting list, thank you!

    (Maybe have a little look over the spelling and grammar though, thar be grammar-nazi’s lurkin’ in these paaarts.)

  • Ollie

    I love these lists! I’d be perfectly content with Listverse only publishing lists along these scientific/conspiracy/mystery lines.

  • CurtShmurt


  • CurtShmurt

    String theory I kind of like…which way are you going to bounce? So interesting…it kind of puts the ToR and quantum mechanics together but we just need that little bit of information…like it’s on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t remember what the word is…

  • Chanchita

    I think you should let me proof read all the lists before you publish them. It´s actually hard to read a list when it´s full of mistakes (and not all of them are just typing errors – “seemly”? Did he mean “seemingly” by any chance?)
    Anyway, I´m not going to comment on the list´s content, because I was so distracted by the disturbingly high frequency of spelling and/or grammar mistakes.

  • Ella

    Here’s another mystery: what is outside of the universe? There are speculations on how our universe looks on the outside but.. where is that outside? :p

    • blartfast

      When the warlock set me to look at the parralel worlds, I just saw many earths equidistanced in blackness. I’m sure there’s no other lifeforms in any other place. You sheeple…

  • CurtShmurt

    #62-What space does the universe take up? I have pondered that many times myself…

  • Ella

    What’s really weird CurtShmurt is that nobody seems to ever try and answer that question.. Or even pose it. I ve watched quite a few documentaries and read some articles on the matter of outer space and where did we all come from and the theory of bib bang etc etc and no one seems to wonder where the universe is and what lies on the outside.

  • macph

    this list made me think that i’m sooooo tiny.. cool. =D

  • CurtShmurt

    #65-Ella-I’m guessing you’ve often wondered the same thing? And what space does that space take up? Strange things indeed…that’s why I kind of like the string theory thing

  • kate


    If you read my first comment, the reason i didn’t like this list very much was because of all the conspiracy theories. The spelling and grammar was just annoying.

  • kate

    I will add that it isn’t a bad list. It’s a personal thing; I just don’t like conspiracy theories. So you can calm down now ;)

  • Sofar

    I’ll bet that NASA has loads of photos that they aren’t going to release because EVERY TIME SOMETHING REMOTELY MAN-MADE-LOOKING APPEARS IN ONE WE GO NUTS. Earth has loads of unusual natural formations that simply happened at random, stands to reason other planets would have them.

  • CurtShmurt

    I’m shutting up now…my id agrees

  • astraya

    @Ella 62: I once read a book of short-short science fiction stories. The short-shortest was called “The sign at the end of the universe”. The “story” consisted of three words – “THIS SIDE UP” – printed upside down!
    (You’ll have to do a bit of imagining there. There’s no code for printing upside down here.)

  • Ella

    I actually have wondered the same thing many times.. whenever i hear of a theory it’s the first question that comes to my mind.. I kind of like the theory that the stars are like the molecules of a bigger organism.. That would be fun :D

  • DC

    I really enjoyed this list, and contrary to most people’s opinions I actually thought that it was a very good idea to include some conspiracy theories – it made it even more interesting and varied.
    And for goodness sake please can people stop commenting stupid and pointless things like ‘haha’ over and over again cough*CurtShmurt*cough
    Sorry, just my thoughts…:)

  • CurtShmurt

    Sorry DC, my bad…hahah! :^)

  • ronsantohof

    The question I have is this: Which would be worse, knowing that we are not alone in this universe; or knowing that we are alone?

  • CurtShmurt

    Now I’m shutting up…I couldn’t help but respond…hahah! Sorry to DC once again but…

  • This is SUCH an interesting list. @[email protected]

    • Shah

      Similarly, the odds are binliols to one that you are the oldest guy on the planet. It’s a rare job – but someone has got to be doing it.

  • Ella

    knowing that we are not alone doesn’t sound so sound interesting.. being alone doesnt’ sound bad either.. just weird.. all that space being there for nothing.. what a waste!

  • stupidCanchita

    @Chanchita (61): publish your own stupid bitch

  • WiseMenSay

    about half this list was really interesting. i don’t know a great deal about physics and space (i’m a history student, so yeah…) but i still find it fascinating. as for dark matter, scientists think they may have finally found some of it –

    less love for the crackpot conspiracy theories, though. i mean really, ignoring that NASA aren’t the only ones looking up there, why would they keep such a massive discovery a secret? frankly the case for the existence of great a’tuin is more convincing :P

  • oouchan

    I liked and enjoyed this list. I love space and everything to do with it. What infinite possibilities await one out there. I so wish I could see it first hand. That would be truly amazing. My wish is to see Jupiter up close. (To those that know me, this is a contradiction in itself) haha
    Cool list, mtarmyman.

    As for the haters and grammar Nazis…I can’t believe how many posts I have read where you are all going into convulsions over this. It was not distracting to me. I just went right past it. It might have been better with those items being fixed, but I am not going to complain.
    Also, in the introduction, the author mentions adding some conspiracy theories. Guess a few of you didn’t read that.

  • Arsnl

    Well one of einstein’s greatest accomplishments isnt his :)). Schwarzschild (hope i got that right im not german but doesnt it mean black child- what a great name- i may e wrong though) found that particular solution to einsteins equations. Why write something thats wrong. You can check is simply if you look at a wiki page. I enjoyed this list -hope the rest is correct- and i never thought there are so many grammar nazis oves here. I hate grammar nazis. Maybe he’s not english and the proof reading wasnt as good.
    @BravehisTickle (80): no i think he’s a bit right. What the hell is “you should let me check your list before”. Aint that a bit cocky? I admit that there were some grammar slip ups but c’mon no need to be a nazi about it. Nobody shoumd be sent to grammar concentration camp. Itz’ horible’z placez’z

  • mikerodz

    Maybe I have to agree with Gregory(#2), but then who among us have knowledge of the universe even the size of mustard seed? According to man’s theory, size of our galaxy against to man is compared to man against a minimal fraction of an atom. What we know now are based on other’s theory that was also based on earlier theory and so on. We can not take this very seriously.

  • Me too

    I agree with the people complaining about the grammar and spelling mistakes. It doesn’t take much to proof read a few paragraphs, and the excellence of grammatical professionalism outdoes the amateurism of poor grammar. When I see something written with disregard to proper language, it makes me disbelieve everything the person is saying.

  • Forsythia

    The title is “Mysteries of Outer Space” not, “Scientific Mysteries of Outer Space”. So the conspiracy theories flow right along in this list. I do agree that #10 seems to be out of place but other than that it was a VERY interesting read.

  • boo

    @23… fully agree with you, this list is not at all accurate.

  • El the erf

    I remember me asking Jfrater the day 15 Quite Bizarre factlets was posted, whether seeing faces in walls also comes under one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries and he said- “We all see faces in clouds. That’s normal.”
    So, unless that Nebula cloud is a real bonzer of a cloud, I don’t see no need of any katzenjammer over some face formation in a pretty looking nebula.

    “Scientist have not been able to explain this phenomena (though listverse very possible has on this list – see item 1)”

    Tell me you’re pulling my leg.
    Or might as well we be seein’ good ol’ Jamie on the podium at the Nobels’ next year, yeaaa! :P

  • necro_penguin

    good list despite a few spelling/grammar errors.

  • stefan

    awesome list ! the universe truly is an amazing thing. also, leave the author alone he is human and makes mistakes, appreciate the time he put into this !!!


  • jclayton9

    “however, with the expansion of the universe, it is unlikely humanity will ever find the answer. ”

    I was always under the impression that the universe was contracting

  • timmar68

    I have a theory about life on other planets. We came about through evolution. It stands to reason that other planets started out the same. But is it possible their evolution took a different turn?
    For instance, we went through millions of years of things evolving in a certain order, with random other events here and there. If other planets evolved too they would have had to go through the exact same steps we did in order to have human beings. Is it not possible they had their own turn of events? They would have also had to have have the same random things happen exactly as ours did at the axact moment in time as we did.
    Could it also be that some planets are still evolving and just haven’t evolved as much as we have yet? It could be millions of years before those planets evolve to the point that we have.
    I’m not a scientist so tell me if I’m wrong. Just be nice, please. :)

  • careless whisper

    Now we’re ready for some grammar lesson here. Okay. Can we start now. After all, I badly need this since is my second language. Yet, still I can understand the list/article perfectly. Maybe just enough common sense would help.

  • careless whisper

    @careless whisper (93):

    hahaha! Can we start now? Now I just corrected my own…

  • Moonbeam

    Although mtarmyman does describe the list as, “the best mysteries and conspiracy theories of outer space,” I have to agree that this would have been better as two lists.

    As far as the grammar and spelling, I don’t think people are being nit-picky or fussy when they request better editing on the lists. It calls into question the lists credibility if it can’t be presented in a clear and intelligent way. If there’s a message to convey, why not be clear? It becomes annoying to have to reread passages just to figure out what the writer is trying to say.

    It’s one thing to find errors in the comments, but it’s a whole other thing to have a list full of fail. After all, many of the people posting comments could be using English as a second language or are very young and still learning grammar. Their mistakes are tolerable.

  • careless whisper

    @careless whisper (94): After all, I badly need this since (English) is my second language.

    Hahaha… proofreading really helps. :lol:

  • Moonbeam

    @careless whisper (93): Start with this from the opening: “to attempt to put explanation on the things we see above…” The phrase “to put explanation on” is awkward to read and is not correct. Maybe it should read: “to attempt to explain the things we see…”

  • careless whisper

    @careless whisper (96): Oh hell… Did I just missed a comma or an exclamation point maybe… (should I use ?). Hahaha.

    BTW, I love the list.

  • vazy

    what a load of crap worst list ever a 6 year old child could have done better especially with the spelling

  • careless whisper

    Maybe it should read…

  • Liam

    only read up to 5 so far and thumbs up it’s a great list, quite a few spelling errors though :)

  • undaunted warrior

    I enjoyed the list thanks, I agree with oouchan about the grammer thing,we post comments from all over the world and english might not be our first language, but we all enjoy posting comments.

    To all List Servers have an awesome 2010 !

  • Ghidoran

    I have to agree that 10 and 5 are just pointless fillers. Almost every respectable individual can accept that they are cases of pareidolia. There is “mystery” about that and it is sort of inconsistent to have them alongside the other items on this list like Dark Energy.

  • careless whisper

    Happy New Year everyone.

  • MouseintheHouseMI

    Nice list. I enjoyed this one (granted not so much the conspiracies), overall it’s a good List Day! Strange that in the last few days, I’ve been pondering multiple universes. Alas, we’ll never know because we can’t even see the edge of our own universe because of expansion and the speed of light.

    I have a question, because I am not a Physicist, but enjoy reading about it. Physicists, please don’t take offense, but when reading up on some string and other theories, they strike me as very assumptuous and hypothetical. To me, a lay person, it seems that as the theories get more complex, they get more wild and crazy. How do these uber-smart scientists develop these theories?

    I don’t dispute or challenge these theories. Quantum Physiscs is some wildly fascinating stuff. I should find a Physics forum. Do Rocket Scientists frequent LV?

  • careless whisper

    Have a blessed 2010 to you all.

  • MouseintheHouseMI


    Happy New Year!!!!

    Be safe everyone!

  • careless whisper

    I guess 10 shouldn’t be included, since any person with enough imagination and creativity can create an image out of clouds, etc.

  • Mary Jo

    Great list… the comments were ruined though by all the people complaining about the grammar… We are not all native English speakers!!! What’s important is that you understand what the writer was trying to say….

  • Skrillah

    So God is a super massive whitehole after all. If only the Non-believers replaced ”Ass” with ”White” they would’ve been dead right! That was pretty close wasn’t it? :P What would happen if a white hole collides with a blackhole, both travelling at near light speeds? If your answer is…Nothing!, I have a feeling that you might be correct.
    We all know that Most of the Massive blackholes exists at the center of galaxies, But where does whiteholes exist? In voids between super galactical clusters? Or is it a Blackhole which has reached its threshold for the intake of matter, and is ”vomiting” all of what it had taken in( Other side of the SAME coin)? or is it an Inter-universal departure terminal which exist between two universes( The bubble theory), where the arrival terminal is a blackhole? No idea, still we don’t know shit!

    Not a good list! 5/10

  • Randall

    Okay. I am IRKED.

    In the first place, this list is terrible. Not only poorly written and shot through with grammatical errors — it also contains a few more substantive errors. AND on top of that… with all the AMAZING mysteries in the universe that could have been chosen for a list like this, the author of the list picks out non-mysterious bullshit items like a “face” in the Eagle Nebula and “ruins” on the moon — which are clearly nonsense and would be laughed at by any reasonably intelligent sixth grader. Moronic conspiracy theories and silly optical illusions are not “mysteries” and certainly deserve no place in a list of this nature.

    And what irks me about all this even further is–some of you may recall that I am an amateur astronomer. In fact, I work, in my spare time, at a local planetarium/observatory. Now, here I am at home for a week from my day job–and what do I do with all this time off? Well, amongst entertaining and enjoying the company of my children, going to a party here and there, dinners with friends, getting a website started up with an ex-girlfriend for our little writing projects… etc. etc., well, amongst all this, I thought, “time to write a couple lists for List Universe.” One of which is “Mysteries of the Solar System.” See what happens when you delay?

    Well you can trust that my list won’t include BS like “ruins on the moon” at least.

    Another thing: Yes, folks. Grammar DOES matter. Expressing yourself well–and correctly–is what communication is all about. If you’re going to write something for public consumption, then you ought to make the effort to write accurately and coherently. It’s not only the right thing to do–it simple common sense. If you want people to heed you, pay attention to your message, and enjoy what you’ve written—then making your words clear and well-composed is key. If you’re going to spend the time and effort to research a list, then take the time to write as well as you can–otherwise the whole venture is tainted.

    NOW… as to substantive mistakes in the list:

    Clusters and superclusters are, in fact, two different things. As the names imply, one is composed of more stuff than the other. Our Milky Way galaxy, for instance, is part of what astronomers call the “local group,” of which the most important members are the Milky Way itself, and M31, the galaxy in Andromeda. In turn, the local group is part of the “Local Cluster,” composed of several other galaxies–and THIS, in turn, is part of the Virgo Supercluster.

    The question as to where galaxies came from and how these clusters came to be is, in fact, TWO separate questions, not one, as the list author seems to imply. Theories are beginning to evolve about the origin of the galaxies which have to do with dark matter, along with recent discoveries of supermassive black holes at the center of most large galaxies. BUT… the question of the clusters and superclusters is different. Because the prevailing notion is that, upon the big bang, the universe began expanding equally in all directions. Matter (and presumably dark matter) ought to have expanded out equally as well… but it clearly didn’t. It aggregated into these “rope-like” clusters which can be clearly seen when the universe as a whole is examined. It’s where THESE came from which is the larger mystery–and a separate one, really, from the question of where the galaxies themselves come from.

    Next, we have NOT yet found ANY earth-like planets, despite the author implying that we have. Gliese is the closest in size, but is still far larger than the earth. There is the *possibility* of liquid water on its surface (and on, if I recall, a small sample of other recently discovered planets) but this is by NO means established.

    The search for extra-solar “earths” is not really possible until the next generation of space telescopes enters service–various plans for these call for clustered telescopes (akin to several Hubble space telescopes working in concert) and so on. That’s to both image these “other earths” (which is currently impossible) and study them spectrographically to determine the makeup of their atmospheres, etc.

    I’m now out of time… there are other errors which I’ll come back to discuss–or maybe Copperdragon will drop in to address these.

    • Eric

      what an absolute shitpile of waffle mate maybe you should REALLY get a wife and kids so you spend less time reading those trashy journals you are obviously so keen on

  • DJ

    As far as NASA conspiracies goes, think about this: NASA is always in danger of getting its funding cut. Discovery of alien life would be huge for NASA, especially if they could convince the American conservative party (the Republicans) that said aliens were a threat. NASA, however, is owned and operated by legitimate scientists, who are ethically bound to tell the truth regardless of the consequences. So does it make any sense that NASA scientists would suppress information on supposed alien races? The moon landings were on the chopping block the day the Soviet Union lost interest after we beat them. If there were evidence of civilizations on the Moon, NASA would be screaming that to Congress, demanding more money, not smudging it out of photographs.
    Or, you can just keep believing in weird conspiracies. I mean, an entertaining conspiracy theory tends to take on a life of its own after more than a few people believe in it.

    • roflmao

      lol DJ…have you been chatting with Randall up there? you seem to have the same ” I know everything better than you” attitude. To you and all those who for some reason think that the government doesn’t lie to you on a regular basis about countless things from small incidents to huge life changing events, please please please wake up

  • telco728

    Great list! If the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into? Nothingness? What is beyond the outer edge of the universe? What did it expand into at the moment of the big bang?

  • mathi

    there’s also a ‘there’ instead of ‘their’ error in here. But I’m not saying where it is

  • jstar

    I’ll add to the white noise here; was this list proofread? So many grammatical errors.

  • jstar

    Also, DJ @ 112, “ethically bound to tell the truth regardless of the consequences”? Really? That is one of the silliest things I’ve heard in a long time. You silly goose you.

  • BravehisTickle

    @Randall (111): Thank You Sir..heh heh, I feel vindicated re(64):
    Happy New Year to all!

  • deanosantino

    Sort out all the mistakes and i might show some interest, this is verging on indecipherable.

    thank you

    • Eric

      you seriously can’t understand what he has written? can you really be that stupid ? i just cant imagine anyone that could possibly be that stupid

  • Moonbeam

    @Mary Jo (109): As I’ve said before, it’s perfectly acceptable when those who post comments about a list make occasional spelling or grammar errors. Even those with higher educations than the rest of us will admit to goof ups. I’d be the first to admit that I make my share of typos and errors in my own comments. It’s when the list itself contains many factual, grammatical or spelling errors where many of us have issues. Shouldn’t the submitted lists be edited for mistakes? I’m no English major, and I’m not a school teacher, but yikes! Even if the person who submits the list doesn’t have the best use of English, it seems as though it should be cleaned up before it’s published.

    My sister is an editor. She finds numerous errors during her work; even in texts written by highly educated people. It’s no reflection on the writer, sometimes it’s a matter of the value of having a second set of eyes look something over.

  • deanosantino

    @Moonbeam (119): i would just like to reaffirm my previous comment in relation to what you have said, i am not angry about poor grammar or spelling, i am upset that this list wasn’t edited properly. I for example, know very little about space and therefore wouldn’t know if any of the ‘technical words were spelt correctly!

  • Disc Huker

    a cool video from the american museum of natural history entitled “the known universe”. it is a trip from the himalayas to the outer reaches of known science and back. very cool to see what we know, and the vast sums of what we don’t know.

  • clarnblost

    I salute Randall – thanks for taking the time to write a detailed rebuke to this trash. I too am an amateur astronomer and reading this list (categorized under “science” no less) is like reading one big insult to anyone that is interested in astronomy as a hobby – not to mention a profession.

    Folks – the real thing is far more fascinating that the drivel in this list! Take the conspiracy crapola over to the daytime talk shows.


  • msulli222

    I will accept the inclusion of conspiracy theories in this list as legitimate- the author could have chosen other things that would have been more appropriate, but the title of the list does allow for conspiracy theories

    What I object to are the factual errors in the list. #7 seems to imply that the theory of parallel universes is some insane out-there idea. In fact, there are several foremost physicists who think that it is entirely possible and are currently working on experiments to prove it.

  • PMotion

    Why is ALF not on this list???

  • flgh

    @Randall (111): “Grammar DOES matter blah blah blah…”

    Sad to see that having some grammatical errors offends you, Majesty Queen of England

  • Shadow Lord

    Not sure if anyone got the same doubt but, where exactly are we? I mean all these planets, stars, galaxies etc are in universe and there may be more “universes” like our universe. But where exactly is this universe(s) are located? And where is that place located? And where is that place holding all these universes located? This where will go on forever!

    Simply put, where did this space come from?

    I am a layman in physics and may be I am missing something. But this question just rips my brain apart. Can anyone please throw some light on this? Even if you share the same kind of doubt, please let me know.

  • Tsiamon

    I know the Wow! signal has already been covered, but the Viking anomolies should have been mentioned.

  • mom424

    For those of you having trouble visualizing more than one dimension – this video explains it admirably. In 10 minutes.

    @BravehisTickle (36): What grammar errors? :)

    Randall; Ditto!

  • timmy the dying boy

    @Randall (111):

    Thank you, Randall, I’d really like to see a similar list from you. There’s so many natural wonders out there that it’s just plain silly to resort to all this conspiracy BS. I’d like to pick a couple more nits:

    #4: Can’t we put the “face on Mars” to bed yet? It’s been totally debunked for years.

    #3: Mercury capsules didn’t carry radar. Two minutes of Google verified this.

    #2: You’ve been watching too muck Star Trek.

  • Dan

    lulz at item 10, scientists haven’t been able to explain this phenomena, but listverse has!

  • Amelie

    Listverse’s science lists seem to keep getting less and less based in science. It’s kind of sad as I really enjoy the site, but I almost can’t read these types of lists anymore.

  • MouseintheHouseMI

    @clarnblost (122): @Randall (111): As you are stargazers, how fast does a satelitte move across the night sky? I know they are sometimes visible. But I cannot say I’ve positively ID’d one.

    I live in a rural area where city lights do not interfere as much with the night sky. I noticed what appeared to be a bright, gold tinted star. It looked like very much Venus, only tinted gold. It started in the SW horizon and completed it’s arc to the ESE horizon in roughly 20 minutes. That’s how long it take to feed the chickens.

    I have came to the conclusion it was either a satellite or a Jet Liner that didn’t shut off its landing lights. Just curious if satellites would be that visible to the naked eye or move across the sky that fast. It did resemble a bright yellow star more than an airplane. Not that I lose sleep over it, but I like looking for shooting stars, visible stars, planets, and constellations. And wondering if in another galaxy, some purple alien is feeding his little green, eight legged chicken-like-things, looking at the Miky Way wondering the same things.

  • David

    Hugh Everett did some of the early work on multiple universes.

    Interestingly, his son is the lead singer/songwriter for the Eels. I once saw them in concert and instead of an opening band, he played a documentary about his father’s life and work on multiple universes. Very cool.

  • Arsnl

    @Shadow Lord (126): ive already recommended this book- the universe in a nutshell by hawking. And you’ll find many answers to your questions. @clarnblost (122): well if you takr time and read the list from end to end you’ll find that the author wrote what he intended- misteries and conspiracy theories. Plus randall just repeated what the guy said :there might be water on those planets. It didnt say water was on those planets. If you’re an astronomer make your list and give us a break. Maybe the author wrote something he enjoyed without being an expert. What if Nobel prize-winners would start calling you my friend an idiot, and everybody else who doesnt understand what they’re doing. What if teachers would start calling pupils idiots. Make another list or post your reply to it and leave the superior attitude. Imagine that no matter how smart you are there is always a smarter guy/girl that you. Some people have no empathy. I guess you were born smart too.

  • Savanti Romero

    There are many scientists that believe in the Multiverse theory, as well as significant math to back up their claims.

  • XIII

    @Gregory (2): i agree. could a white hole be the other side of a black hole? recycling matter like a filtering system in a pool.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    When I first saw the title of this list I had high expectations. I concur with most of the comments. This list is underwhelming to say the least. It seems to have been written by a high school student. I can imagine Randall was chomping at the bit when he read the first entry. Lol. Not a strong finish to the decade, but there is always tomorrow thats the beauty of this site.

    By the way I personally have solved “mystery” number 10. The truth is there is a giant gas human who dwells in the center of stars as they give birth. This enormous gas human can clearly be seen by people who watch CNN.

  • WiseMenSay

    we’ve already proven the existence of another universe. one made entirely of lists…

  • @Gregory (2):

    i have to agree

    mysteries arnt conspiracy theories.

    not saying it wasnt intresting though

    also…where was higs particle?

  • Ouroboros

    How is 10 a mystery? That’s like claiming the smudge on your tea towel that looks vaguely the the pope is a miracle from god. We see shapes we recognize in earth clouds every day, it’s just the brain’s way of processing information into forms that re familiar to us.

  • Drewdy

    First off, everyone please stop throwng around the word theory as if you guys discovered something based on empirical evidence in which ALL scientific literature supports your claim. No one here has a theory.
    Secondly, just because you write a list that throws around Einstein’s name doesn’t make it true or make it so your outrageous claims require no explanation.
    Third, just because you post a link from the almighty INTERNET doesn’t give the bullshit you posted any credibility. Has anyone visited the links and found any citations behind them? As far as I can tell, everything on this list is heresy and the author clearly has no understanding of any of these claims.
    Other than that, good list.

  • birdtails21

    Wonderful list, space is crazy to think about!

  • Arsnl

    @timmy the dying boy (129): you know what annoys me?? How the hell did nasa make its selection for astronauts?? Did they have a beer contest? Or maybe a dance competition because look at edgar mitchell. He’s the 6 th person to walk on the moon and the dude is convinced that aliens are real. I really dont believe in aliens but i cant help but ask myself why the hell would an experienced astronaut decide to destroy his reputation. A man that was trusted to run such a complex mechanism. It dont get that. Something went wrong:1) either nasa selects its men by stupid standards and they got a nut or 2) they guy was fine but became a nut- but nasa should have seen this coming cuz if the tests were rigourous or 3) the guy is telling the truth.
    My pick is 1 they had faulty tests. Nasa makes a lot of human errors. Another example: when challenger disaster when nasa guys calculated the probability of a certain piece to malfunction was 1/15000 or something like that and feynman proved that it was more 1/100
    @saranciel (139): do you mean the higgs particle. Well since its a particle from the standard model you can find it anywhere (if it exists). No need to look in outer space.

  • barney frank

    lets see randall making a list

    • Eteban

      So it’s raelly “Godhood exists or godhood doesn’t exist.”That feels even less profound, to be honest.

  • Slavoj

    A bunch of morons convinced they see a “face” in a cloud does not constitute a “mystery of outer space.” It’s a mystery of why are people such fucking morons that they believe clouds are sending them messages. Mysteries of outer space are ones that have nothing to do with humans, like outer space itself.

  • Alencon

    You’ve GOT to be kidding with some of the items on this list.

    #10 – We’ll explain this right after we explain how that dragon got into the cloud
    #5 – Debunked at least 100 times. Does someone have to keep bringing this nonsense up?
    #2 – Even sillier than #10 and #5.

  • Aragorn

    Instead of the conspiracy theories you should have included things like the fact that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating and not slowing down like you would expect from an explosion like the Big Bang. Also, Einstein felt his relativity theory was among his greatest errors. The greatest mystery is “does there exist a Theory of Everything?”

  • porkido

    You can TOTALLY SEE that face in the Eagle Nebula…without any manipulation of the image…other than to rotate it 90 degrees…and adjust the color…and put a white ring around it…

    But you can TOTALLY SEE that face…and he appears to be wearing something similar to a tri-cornered hat…

    Know who ELSE wore tri-cornered hats? The AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES!!!!! Does this mean GOD was a Founding Father of the U.S.???? I don’t know, but the photo is pretty convincing…

    (of course, the Brits, the French, etc., also wore those hats…but why would GOD be a Brit or a Frog? Why aren’t those countries the GREATEST COUNTRIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE? I think the evidence is clear…)

  • porkido

    I should also mention that, as I was looking at the photo, a really hot girl in a cheerleader outfit was rubbing my back, offering me a snifter of armagnac, and whispering in my ear, “You can see the face in the nebula, can’t you baby?”…

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    I don’t like being that guy who just says a list sucks, but this blows extra donkey nuts! It’s all bad but number 10 is unbelievably dumb. Nothing more to say.

  • Blogball

    The face on Eagle Nebula looks like
    the face on Mars in # 5.
    Coincidence ? … I don’t think so.
    Also, the # 7 photo is obviously a parrots head.

  • porkido


    Mysteries, indeed.

    Let’s do an experiment. You and I stand in a windowless room. Now turn the light off…

    OUCH! You feel a sudden pain in the buttocks, as if someone has kicked you!

    Now turn the light back on. It’s still only you and I.

    What happened? It’s a MYSTERY!

  • Emmett Brown

    @MouseintheHouseMI (132): It is likely what you saw was the International Space Station. Use this

    You can enter the time and date of the sighting, to confirm it.

  • porkido

    Hands-down funyist asspect of LV: People makeing gramer/speling errers in posts bitching about gramer/speling errers!


  • i’m cool

    welcome New decade

  • porkido

    “Expressing yourself well–and correctly–is what communication is all about.”

    I disagree. Expressing yourself clearly is what communication is all about.

    Unless by “well” you mean “clearly”…but whether you do is unclear…

    As for “correctly”, accuracy should always be a tool for achieving clarity…otherwise, it is a silly fetish.

  • careless whisper

    @porkido (154): :lol:… Your Highness will punish you.

  • careless whisper

    @BravehisTickle (117): Now you want some candy? Good boy.

  • Vera Lynn

    porkido(152)(154)(156) You’re makin’ me laugh here!! Thanks. Happy New Year ;)

  • deeeziner

    @MPW (40): “shitastically”

    I truly “laughed out loud”..(Not one of those lol’s that people post when they only smile.)

    Glad I wasn’t drinking something at that moment. :)

  • Vera Lynn

    deeziner (160) Yes, he’s a funny guy. Handsome, too! :)

  • deeeziner

    I’m a complete layman to the subjects of astronomy and physics. For me this list was rather entertaining, and isn’t that one of the goals of this site. At least it kept me reading each item, which hasn’t happened in every list I’ve loaded from this site to my monitor.

    As for the conspiracy entries, they read out much like a guilty trip to the trash rags like “National Enquirer”.
    (You know..those creepy newsprints that feature stories about Bat-boy and the like. You would never be caught dead purchasing one, but if you found one laying around in the break room, you’re bound to take a look.)

    Towards Item 2) Perhaps NASA’s censorship isn’t covering up “ruins” so much as evidence of space trash littering up the moon. Such evidence would probably power a large outcry. Just sayin’… don’t fire at me too harshly.

    @Randall (111):

    Thank you for elaborating upon the concept of space expansion, dark matter, and dark energy in their relationship to galaxy clusters.

    My initial intuits regarding those items as they appeared within this list were a question of “density” and how that concept could be applied to the question of clustering. Your comments on the subject seem to boil down to such a concept as “non-uniform density” to my layman’s mind. At least coming upon your posat seemed to lend some credence to the idea that came to my mind.

    @WiseMenSay (138): You make me laugh…

    Happy New Year to all!

  • Cosmo312

    It’s slightly vague, but with #7, I dont think he meant multiple universes in quantum theory, but multiple universes in a more general and speculative sense. The multiverse theory in quantum mechanics is different – it says that the other universes exist in the same space as us (we just cant interact with them) and we cant travel to them.

    More general ideas about paralell universes, like those to do with general relativity and topology, can have multiple universes connected by wormholes e.t.c. which is totally different to the quantum idea.

    Also, with #3, black holes were not discovered by Einsten, but independently by Karl Schwarzschild and Johannes Droste, using Einsteins equations.

    I liked this list though – I like conspiracy theories, and the UFO sightings be NASA astronauts has always really creeped me out

  • porkido

    @careless whisper(157):

    I think His Highness (whoever THAT might be) can survive a little ribbing…plus, my comment was aimed at a lot of people…


  • wondersquid

    Star Trek had it right: it really IS the final frontier.

  • porkido

    @porkido(156): I think your use of the word “accuracy” is not quite accurate…

  • Andres

    @Randall (111): “…some of you may recall that I am an amateur astronomer.” I did not know that and I am fascinated beyond measure. You’re now officially my one of my favorite people on the planet, Randall. And do write that list about mysteries of the solar system, please.

  • Jackie Burkhart

    You know I don’t like space.

  • Dwiki Setiyawan

    It was amazing. Got me thinking and inspired. Nice posting, friend.

    BTW, happy new year. Greeting from Jakarta Indonesia:

  • bfly427

    I feel there is life out there. No I do not mean little green men. We have not yet began to truly explore space. We don’t know what is out there. To say that we are the only intelligent life in universe(s) is very arrogant.

  • John Dudey

    people shouldn’t come here to learn they make so many mistakes it’s just stupid

  • drX

    There are so many errors on this list, that it is almost ridiculous. Here I’ll just elaborate on two of them:
    1st; on the multiverse theory, string theory postulates an upper bound on the number of universes to about 10^10^16 :

    2nd; Einstein’s energy-mass equivalence equation (E=mc^2; which a simplification of E^2-(pc)^2=(m0c^2)^2) was not at all used in the theory of dark matter; it was postulated from mainly observational data, e.g. anomalies within Galactic rotation [1] curves; CMB data etc [2]…

  • Camo

    Can’t wait to read Randalls list. Bound to be a far superior composition.

  • mtarmyman

    look guys i am new to this site, i am really interested in space, so i just took one day and through this list together. It was my first list. I wasn’t trying to win anything, i just wanted to see if i could write a list on something the interest me, and submitted it for fun. Yea my grammar and spelling are not the best, it something I deal with. For those of you that enjoyed it, I am glad you did, for those of you that didn’t, frankly i don’t give a damn.

  • Laxbro

    armyman, you got nothing to be ashamed of. Some people on this site take this shit way to seriously. I liked the list, tho I can see why people would say #10 was a stretch. I’m sure some of the guys above would write lists that would be too complex for those of us who just check up on the site in our spare time to get some random
    facts. Try and work on the grammer and the spelling (JF usually does a better job correcting before he publishes them) but for a first list I think it’s great. Ignore the assholes above and just work on doing better the next time. BTW happy new year to everyone.

  • Vera Lynn

    How many New Years Eve have I spent alone in the past 13 years? 13.

  • scientister

    @mtarmyman (175):

    you should of least researched about some of the topics on the list; some of the information given is just totally wrong, which is explained by @drX (173):

  • Laxbro

    @scientister (178): I see where your coming from. Please keep in mind that I am by no means claiming to be an expert on anything space related. I am mearly a huge fan of the “final fontier”, and in searching through the lists have noticed a lack of space related material. These 10 things were things that I found interesting when I researched the subject, even as little as I did. I just don’t see why some people above feel the need to be as harsh as they were. I am glad that people like randall say they are going to write “better lists” because originally that is what the lit was intended to do, spark interest. To be honest, I am just thrilled my first list got published. So to all of you who say you are going to do better, good I seriously can’t wait to read them. Space articles are too few and far between on this site.

  • mtarmyman

    Btw @ laxbro (180) = me (mtarmyman). Laxbro is one of my housemates I forgot to log him out before I commented.

  • Cj

    Hhhmmm….I don’t think these questions will be answered…

  • “ODHI”

    @ 88 Good to have EL the erf on listverse ur a list of
    lists thanks 4 your daily comments HAPPY NEW YEAR
    LISTVERSE “addicts”

  • thething

    nice list

  • grey_h4t

    crap list

  • Verbena

    Very nice list

  • copperdragon

    @MouseintheHouseMI (132):
    Satellites move fairly quickly across the sky – they don’t “blink” (like airplanes), and they move steadily and over a longer stretch of sky (unlike meteors, which are quick and bright)

  • Lifeschool

    Hi guys,

    I like learning about space, so I was interested in this list. There is nothing wrong with drawing a conclusion of ‘We Don’t Know/Science Doesn’t Have The Answer Yet’; as most of these topics are continually under investigation.

    As for the conspiracies… Well, I know the difference between an authentic cover-up and a coincidence, and a rock or a cloud that looks a bit like a face is nothing more than that.

    Spelling? Well, sometimes it’s not about what you say but how you say it. Spelling errors can derail a train of thought and make it jump off at an earlier station than the author intended. This hinders the fruit of that thought too. I know I’m a bugger for cock-ups in the art and execution of communication – so I know this isn’t always welcome critisism. As the old saying goes – read it, read it, and then read it again.

    Anyways – Happy New Year World! Glad to know you! (My new year started on the 22nd of December but thats so beside the point).

  • copperdragon

    as an astronomer, i found this list to be an odd mix of conspiracy what-ifs, cool pictures and maybe 1 or 2 actual mysteries.

    it seems like the author simply listed his favorite “space-related” topics.

  • clarnblost

    Hi all,
    Since posting earlier, let me respond to a comments made since.
    First off – I re-iterate – this list was classified under “science” – science and conspiracy theories do not mix.
    Second off – I enjoy astronomy as a hobby. I readily state that this does not make me any authority, it is a hobby.

    Amelie (131):

    Your post sort of sums it up for me too. The older lists on this site seem to be more researched before being posted than the newer ones :( .


    You are very fortunate to live under dark skies and have such a clear view of the night sky. The vast majority do not have such a luxury. Most children will grow up not even knowing what the real night sky looks like.

    I could go on about the frustrating topic of light pollution, but instead I’d like to invite the reader to pull your car safely over the next time you are on a country road well away from any cities or even moderate sized towns (and I mean like 100 or so miles away), get out and just look (hopefully the moon will not be out and it will be a clear night). It will put things in perspective.

    About your question – if you have visual magnitude 6 skies or better, meaning you can see objects of magnitude 6 brightness (the higher the number, the fainter they are, and the scale is logarithmic) then at pretty much any time you can typically see two or three satellites – especially at the first truly deep darkness after dusk when the satellites may still be catching reflections from the sun. Your conclusions regarding satellites are probably the correct ones.

    From time to time, if you are lucky, you may catch what’s known as a satellite flare, which is when the sun catches one of the solar panels on the satellite and perfectly reflects it to your viewing angle. These can be bright and dramatic as they brighten and fade from view. The most well know satellites to do this are from the Iridium satellite network (“Iridium flares”), and they can get so bright they are visible in the daytime. There are even websites you can use to predict time and place of these flares (google “iridium flare”). Other bright satellites include the ISS and the space shuttle, which can pretty commonly be seen in early evening – moving very fast and bright.


    Don’t let you interest in space get clouded with “face on mars” nonsense. The what-if are fun to think about (that’s what science fiction is for) but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As stated – please leave the conspiracy topics to the grocery store checkout isle. Your list contains legitimate items: (9, 8, 7, 6, 3, and 1). Here are some items to consider (I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to google them). Replace 2, 4, 5, and 10 with:
    1) The nature of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs)
    2) Saturn’s hexagon pattern at it’s north pole (really cool)
    3) The active underground oceans of Enceladus
    4) Hanny’s Voorwerp (good candidate for #1)

    You may or may not agree – but check them out.


  • nthensome

    Great list.
    Best one in a while.

  • mtarmyman

    @clarnblost (190) I looked up all of you suggestions, and i loved every single one. #2 was of great interest to me. I wish I had known about them when I wrote the list. Really I just added the conspiracy theories because I conspiracies seem to be a hot topic on this site. Again this was my first list, so I will try to make the next one better. Thanks for your pointers. Oh and FYI for you all I did not choose the category when I submitted the list.

  • T.J.

    would have been happier with some more scientifically grounded items in the list and by reading comments it seems a few people are with me. I mean if you look at the full photos that number 2 is talking about you can see that they are composites of hundreds of different photos all layered out over and next to each other and they all vary in focus. It might also have been nice to touch on why things are believed like the reason we look for dark matter isn’t only becuase of an equation but we can also map where it is in the world becuase the gravity of it affects light (the photo for it is a mapping in such a way).

    I guess it’s a starting point more than anything else…

  • Tryclyde

    Good list, but there are too many questionable conspiracy theories thrown in with legitimate, scientific mysteries.

  • Chamale

    If you look closely above the UFO in that photo, you can see a string. Check it out.

  • SnampyVersion2000

    Another FAIL list, just like the “Amazing Disappearances” lists, these are mainly hoaxes. Totally agree with Gregory post #2.

  • MouseintheHouseMI

    @Emmett Brown (153): @copperdragon (187): @clarnblost (190):
    Thanks for the info!

  • That was a fun list with some awsome pics too……

  • wondersquid

    @Jackie Burkhart (168): SPACE IS THE PLACE!

  • CurtShmurt

    O Randall…pull your head out of your ass sometime

  • mike

    Anyone notice that the “face”/”head” in #10 has a cute bow in its hair?

  • Vera Lynn

    clarnboste (190) I enjoyed your comment very much. I will look up the things you mentioned. Thanks for posting that info. The item about Saturn sounds especially interesting.

  • lo

    how could you even consider putting the mars “face” on a list like this? there is not a mysterious thing about it, new pictures have shown without doubt that it is a rocky outcropping. same can be found for the “pyramids” and the “ape”. look at “the face” for yourself…..

    writing a mars entry about the possibilities of life there, based on actual discoveries of late, would have been more interesting. many of the entries on the list have a similar problem.

    although he’s probably off recovering from new years food and drink somewhere, i’d love to have a Jfrater penned list soon…. perhaps no one has been submitting anything lately? and almost anyone can get published? hopeful listees take note.

  • mtarmyman

    I know about the face and all, and have for a while, about it just being an anomaly. The picture I included with the entry were of the “Martian” and of the “Pyramids on Mars” because I had never seen them before, nor heard them explained. I guess JF just decided to go with a different photo

  • chemical_echo

    The biggest mystery for me is what’s “holding” the universe.

    We’re on a planet, in a solar system, in a galaxy, in the universe. What happens after that? It completely boggles the mind to think that something is just there.

    Same for the Big Bang Theory. What was that extreme dense ball that would contain our universe contained in itself? To think that one day everything just started doesn’t make sense.

  • Vera Lynn

    mtarmyman(204) Your nic implies youre military. Very cool. I support you and your comrades (?wrong word) 100%. Always and forever.

  • mtarmyman

    @chemical_echo (205) good points

    @Vera Lynn (206) I am not yet military however members of my family/friends are/have been and I have always wanted to follow in their footsteps. My way of paying tribute.

  • Choosilicious

    Yay Wormhole!

  • clarnblost


    After all the bad grammar bashing (which I happen to agree with), I just noticed an embarrassing grammar error in my own post earlier in the thread! For shame… Glad I didn’t post any grammar complaints about others (it was tempting).

    @mtarmyman (192):

    The Saturn north pole is VERY interesting. I mean – check this out. How cool is that?!

    @Vera Lynn (202):

    Thanks! You guys are making me want to write a list now.


  • calum

    Just read number 10 and i wont be reading further, how are people so stupid that they think that they can see jesus’s face in a cloud of dust. Its pure coincedence and anbody who doesnt think so deserves to be shot.

  • deeeziner

    @Vera Lynn (161): Are you sure that you aren’t commenting with a bit of personal bias? *wink* *wink*

  • Vera Lynn

    deeeziner (211) He’s my love. What can I say?

  • Vera Lynn

    mtarmyman (207) I Have had many many students who enlisted. If they come to say good-bye, I make tham agree to come say hello when they getb back. What’s interesting? I have had many more students killed on the streets of Chicago, than at war. Many more.

  • get a clue

    If you’re going to compile a list about scientific topics, you should at least approach it with a respect for the scientific process and for facts.
    This list is an embarrassingly stupid compilation of half-truths and National Enquirer-level conspiracy babble.
    And shame on JFrater for fouling his website with such offal.

  • skwirl

    Search these topics on Google Scholar

    Sometimes you will find out more than you wanted

  • skwirl

    The mystery of the cosmological constant

    The constant, a measure of the energy of the vacuum, is cosmological because its valve has implications for the structure and fate of the universe. The wide divergence between theoretical and observed values of the constant could mean that modern physics is on the verge of a profound new understanding of the nature of space, time, and matter. If the vacuum energy density were as large as theories of elementary particles suggest, the universe in which we live would be dramatically different. What has gone wrong with our theories This answer to this question is unknown at present. Indeed, a comparison of theoretical and experimental understanding of the cosmological constant leads to one of the most intriguing and frustrating mysteries in particle physics and relativity today.

  • skwirl

    From Human

    Why is there something rather than nothing?

    Humans do not know why there is something rather than nothing, or if the question is even meaningful. If this question has a parsimonious answer, it must consist in a self-explaining fact or cycle of facts. A candidate for such a fact would be the concept of God in the Ontological Proof, but that proof is not convincing. Humans do not know any such fact(s), or even if they could possibly exist. If it is asserted that non-existence is more likely or natural than existence, one could ask why this asserted tendency (toward non-existence) itself exists.

    A possibly meaningful (but unparsimonious) answer to the Ultimate Why is that the universe exists (more precisely, is perceived to exist) roughly because it is possible. The reasoning would be as follows. Absolute impossibility — the state of affairs in which nothing is possible — is itself not possible, because if nothing truly were possible, then absolute impossibility would not be possible, implying that at least something must be possible. But if at least one thing is possible, then it seems the universe we perceive should be no less possible than anything else. Now, assuming that physicalism is right and that qualia and consciousness are epiphenomena, then the phenomenology of a mind and its perfect simulation are identical. So whether the universe we perceive existed or not, it as a merely possible universe would be perceived by its merely possible inhabitants no differently than our actual universe is perceived by its actual inhabitants. By analogy, the thoughts and perceptions of a particular artificial intelligence in a simulated universe would be the same across identical “runs” of the simulation, regardless of whether we bothered to initiate such a “run” once, twice — or never.

    Thus, the universe might merely be the undreamed possible dream of no particular dreamer.

  • skwirl

    What is the fate of the universe: open, closed, or asymptotically flat?
    What is the dark and presumably non-baryonic matter that seems to be needed to account for the gravitational mass of galaxies?
    What happened in the first 10-43s?
    Why does there seem to be more matter than antimatter? What causes gamma ray bursters?
    Why are there fewer solar neutrinos than predicted?

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  • ZibbyYamala

    nice list! alot of the pics are beautiful by the way.

  • bug9513

    #10-radom chance

    #9-the theory of dark matter was thought of as an answer to this riddle, because stars and planets shold be equaly spread out from the big bang, but since dark matter is basicaly unreactive to almost all forms of energy, it didn’t spread at the same rate, and its gravity caused glaxy cluster, or so the current theory says

    #8-yes, there are other planets that are similar in make-up structure to Earth, but, because of the extremely infinitesimal chance of the correct molecules coming together,in the right enviroment, in the right order, in the right arrangement,and the right sized planet the right distance from the right size and type star, with the right sized gas giant(s) the right distance away; I dont believe that there can be any life in the universe. I believe that somebody calculated the chance of that happening once in the universe, is something like 1/10^156ish as a low estimate.
    I’m not making this up, I would cite my source, but i don’t remember the name of the book.

    #7-i dont feel like typing another rant o tis little kyboard, so I’ll just say no

    #6-see number 9, this wasn’t very well explained in this list

    #5/4/2-see #8

    #3-I know nothing of this subject so I have nothing to say

    #1-This theory was ivented by enstien to explain the expanding universe, while keeping to the fact that there was no god(little g), but he later admitted that it was as fake as TFSM(not those exact words,but you get the idea), and that his dicoveries proved a god, then later that God(big g)exisiseted.

    I probably quoted them somewhere in here: C. S. Lewis, Hugh Ross, Josh & Sean MacDowel,, and the gut that gave TFSM speech

  • l to the t

    This list could’ve been better researched, buy hey? It’s listverse. Wtf is correct these days?

    I couldnt give a fu*k about grammar or spelling either for its about understanding the person. Give the guy a break you mean fu*ks.

  • nicoleredz3

    I have a question… What makes planets ROUND?..

  • archangel

    gosh! i want the answers for these questions nowwwww!!!

  • quber
  • Brandon

    Fabulous list! Very fascinating!

  • Lord Nick

    interesting, to say the least. but, as for 10 and 5, the human brain will try to make a familiar shape out of a mess, and a face is one of the most recognizable shapes humans know (remember after 911 when everybody “saw” the devil’s face in the smoke cloud?). the the white hole thing is pretty cool!

  • Maximuz04

    I knew dark energy would be #1 which makes me a nerd kthxbye

  • mif

    JFrater…more mysteries I like it very much..

  • laurabearandsavannah

    Another mystery of outer space… why in the hell is Pluto not a planet anymore, damn it????????

    Great list though, I found this extremely fascinating.

  • Randall

    @nicoleredz3 (215):

    What makes planets round?


    Once a body is of sufficient mass and size–roughly speaking, in a rocky/metallic body about the size of the asteroid/dwarf planet Ceres, for instance (approaching a radius of about 500 miles) gravity tends to collapse the body in on all sides. So, if you imagine a misshapen lump of clay—and if you could press on that lump of clay evenly on all sides, into a point at or near its center–you’d find pretty soon that you’d have a sphere forming. With sufficient mass, then, you have sufficient gravity to pull the body into shape as a sphere.

    SO… lower mass bodies—some comets and many asteroids, for instance—there isn’t enough gravity to pull the thing into a spherical shape. So asteroids just a few miles in size, or tens of miles or even a hundred plus miles, up to near the size of Ceres—for instance, the asteroid-like moons of Mars–Deimos and Phobos—or Jupiter’s small asteroid-like moon, Amalthea—these moons are too small for gravity to work on them in this manner–and they remain lumpy, shaped like potatoes.

  • Randall

    @bug9513 (213):

    Uh, no… wrong. There are many different views on the likelihood of the development of extraterrestial biospheres, but none that I know of say that life is so unlikely as to be non-existent anywhere else. Space, in fact, is teeming with organic material—the building blocks of life.

    *Life* itself—simple organisms–bacteria and such, for instance–is believed to be most likely common in the universe (though of course we still have no way of knowing this for sure). This is because life arose so quickly and apparently easily on the infant earth. In other words, it didn’t take much in the way of greatly convergent circumstances for simple life to develop here.

    BUT… BIG, complex life–and particularly INTELLIGENT life–took a LONG time to evolve. A very long time, comparatively speaking. So one view is that we might find a universe positively up to its neck in germs—but one where life analogous to anything larger than algae is extremely rare.

    THAT is what you’re referring to. Not that life itself is likely to absent. Almost every biologist and astronomer I’ve read believes that simple life is probably abundant in the universe.

    Drake’s equation can be gamed in different ways to get different answers–the possibility runs from perhaps ten other intelligent species in our galaxy alone—to upwards of a million, depending on the factors you enter into the equation. But since we don’t know many of those factors yet, it’s still guesswork.

  • bug9513

    @ Randall (224):

    You fail to realise how complex even “simple” life is, even if you can get all the building blocks of life into the same area, it is very very unlikely that they will arrange in the right order, let’s take DNA for example, if you were to randomly piece together the nuecleotides to form a 20-nuecleotide chain, there’s a 1.1x10to the 12th, chance the it will come out in the desired order, that may not sound like much, but keep in mind that there are more than a million nucleotides in one strand of DNA(thats 500,000 20-pair chains(so the probability of those million being the right orientation is (1.1x10to the twelth)to the 500,000th)), so it is such a small chance that life will occur by chance, that I even find it extremely hard to belive that life came about on Earth un-aided by any outside force

  • Razi

    Things about space scare me. And makes me say how much of a shitty accident the universe is and how much of a waste the Earth is. Man is an incredible race, technological advancements here are incredible and humans are highly intelligent. However, such a complex species and overall ecosystem such as the one on Earth can all end very quickly. There is a very small chance life can exist somewhere but it takes a huge rock the size of Manhattan to ruin millions of years of evolution. If there really is a god, I’d ask him why he had to do this. It’s all just bullshit and I’m sure anyone could agree.

  • Randall

    @bug9513 (225):

    Don’t patronize me, clown–I fail to realize NOTHING.

    I frankly don’t care WHAT you find “extremely hard to believe”… what matters to me is science, and you’re not talking science, you’re talking BS.

    THE SIMPLE FACT is that the question of how much life there is in the universe is guessed at by A) following the example–the only one we thus far know–here on Earth, and B) applying this to the statistical ENORMITY that is the universe itself.

    Life on Earth began quite early in the planet’s history, which suggests to us that IN FACT simple life is relatively easy to get started. If we ever find solid evidence of past life on Mars — which is still quite possible — that will suggest to us even more strongly how relatively easy it is to go from organic matter to life itself. At any rate, the Earth didn’t seem to have too hard a time with it.

    Despite your tortured mathematics on the matter, the simple truth is that the universe is VAST, far more vast than you’re giving it credit for, and the TIME that our planet had to get life up and running was also vast, even considering that this occurred, as I say, RELATIVELY early in the planet’s history. Nevertheless, nature had upwards of a billion years or so to get life started on the Earth, and in that kind of immensity, your statistical doubts become *extremely* puny. The fact of the matter is that it happened, and there is not the slightest shred of evidence to suggest or indicate that it couldn’t have happened at random, and required some kind of “outside intervention.”

    The Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years. The universe is far older, at somewhere around 13 billion years old or so. There are at least 100 billion stars in *our galaxy alone,* and there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe.

    The fact is that nearly every theorist in astrobiology has agreed that with these kinds of numbers, life is almost a dead certainty elsewhere in the universe. And there is no reason whatsoever to suppose that it required an “intelligent designer” to get it going.

    Your argument is twisted into a knot in any case; on the one hand you claim you cannot believe that life exists elsewhere in the universe, because you think it was so highly unlikely that it could have developed even on the Earth, that you can’t imagine it could have happened elsewhere (itself a fallacy on your part) and THEN you go on to say that you find it SO statistically unlikely (in which you are incorrect) that you feel it must have required some kind of “outside force”—presumably meaning a god or some such figure. (I can’t imagine what else you meant).

    But if you feel the necessity to invoke a god to make life happen on Earth—introducing, therefore, an essentially “magic” answer to a scientific question—then this ITSELF begs the question… namely, if it requires a god to get life started–then why couldn’t your god have created life elsewhere in the universe? In fact, wherever he wanted to? Why couldn’t he FILL the universe with life? And why *wouldn’t* he?

    Clearly, life is here on the earth and has been for some time. Either you accept the predominant scientific view that this is because life itself is relatively simple to develop… therefore making it likely that it exists in large numbers elsewhere in the universe—or, if as YOU seem to prefer, you feel a god is required to make it happen–then fine, you go ahead and believe that. But once you invoke a god, then you can’t cling to your previous argument—because you CERTAINLY have no logical reason to suppose a limitation on god and what he/she/it could create, or in what quantity.

  • HA

    we are one planet around one star. There are billions, if not trillions of stars up there, most of which have planets. I find it hard NOT to believe there is no other life out there. Even if earth is a rare occurrence,its hard to believe that there is not at least ONE other “Earth” with life out there. It might not be life as we know it, but I think you would be crazy not to believe it.

  • Yobee

    Worst list ever!

    Full of legends and lore, misspellings, historical untruths, factual untruths, lame speculation and elementary school logic.

  • Mrs. Antichrist

    #7 is neat to think about, but almost certainly impossible to pursue scientifically. It makes for some interesting movies and stories, though.

    #5 – The likelihood of life separately arising on two planets in the same solar system is rather low, at least base on what little we know about the formation of self-replicating amino acids (which isn’t much, I admit). I also don’t think it’s terribly likely that life could have been transferred to one planet from the other. Of course, anything is possible (perhaps we’ll learn that life forms more often than we realize), but I’m not optimistic about finding extraterrestrial lifeforms in our own solar system.

    #3 – Some have hypothesized that the big bang (and the current state of the universe, by proxy) is the product of a white hole. The event horizon of a white hole would theoretically behave oppositely of what you’d see in a black hole. With black holes, once you pass the event horizon, you can never escape the gravity produced by the central singularity; you’re doomed to be pulled in and compressed. Inversely, crossing the event horizon of a white hole would mean that you could never return to where you came from, and would forever be further and further moving away from it… kind of like the expansion of space, and the big bang itself.

    There are still a LOT of kinks in this hypothesis & other ideas are favoured over this one in the general scientific community (see number 1), so I would take it with a grain of salt for the time being, but it’s still a rather interesting idea. It brings us back to the multiple universe idea, and leads one to wonder if a black hole in one universe forms a white hold somewhere else, causing a new big bang. I’m in no way suggesting that this is correct, just relaying an interesting idea. Sucks that it’s impossible to prove whether or not this is true.

  • Mrs. Antichrist

    Also, the stuff about the moon isn’t a mystery. All of the supposedly unexplained facts about the moon have, in fact, been explained. Unfortunately, conspiracy theorists are either unaware of that or don’t care.

  • bug9513

    @ randall (227):

    I am resisting the urge to respond with name-calling and saying ” you’re wrong,” without a shred of believable evidence to back up my claims, even though it appears that that is what it hass sunk to becuse you aren’t open-minded enough to examine the evidence and bielieve what takes the LEAST amount of faith, which I have done and I have discovered that it takes LESS faith to believe that God created the heavens and the earth, than the current theory of the beginbing of the universe

  • Randall

    @bug9513 (232):

    “I am resisting the urge to respond with name-calling”

    Go for it, bug. But I note that my response to you was about 1% name calling, and 99% substance. It’s telling that you picked up on the 1%, and don’t even attempt to address the rest.

    “…and saying ” you’re wrong,” without a shred of believable evidence to back up my claims,”

    That’s very true; you have no evidence for your claims.

    “even though it appears that that is what it hass sunk to becuse you aren’t open-minded enough to examine the evidence”

    And pray tell what “evidence” is that? Again, I dealt with your statements in my previous post. You haven’t responded to them, or my interpretation of your logic regarding the necessity for an intelligent designer (which as I clearly illustrated, is non-sensical).

    In what way am I close-minded? I stick with SCIENCE on this question, which as currently stands, does not as yet require an outside intervention for life to arise on Earth.

    “…and bielieve what takes the LEAST amount of faith,”

    Science is not about faith. You want to take faith, I want to talk evidence. The two are unrelated. If you want to have faith that life on earth required an intelligent designer, then by all means, go have that faith. But don’t try to tell me that science A) must agree with you on this—because it doesn’t, and it mustn’t… or B) don’t try to tell me you’re being in any way “scientific” when you make sweeping claims about the utter un-likelihood of life in the universe, which in fact goes firmly *against* every supposition of mainstream science.

    Do we *know* there is life elsewhere in the universe? No, we don’t *know* that. Yet. But that isn’t the argument here. The argument, going by what we DO know–which is life on earth—is whether life is LIKELY to be found elsewhere. And in fact, it IS likely, given the parameters that the universe has to work with. The argument is also about whether life on Earth required an intelligent designer–and again, there is NO conclusive evidence that it did. Not a shred of it.

    “which I have done and I have discovered that it takes LESS faith to believe that God created the heavens and the earth, than the current theory of the beginbing of the universe”

    THAT IS YOUR OPINION. And nothing more.

  • Hogarth

    @bug9513 (225):

    I am holding 10 dice in my hand. I roll them onto a table top. Now I pick them up and roll them again. The likelyhood of them landing in the exact same positions as the first time with the exact same numbers showing are so astronomically slim that we can say without a shadow of a doubt that they will not land in the same manner again.

    Does that mean that they didn’t land that way the first time?

  • Hogarth

    As a follow-up, does that mean that they required some outside intelligence in order to land that way the first time?

  • Seb

    @the ID guy

    Given infinite time, anything that is possible is infinitely probable. You can think of it as a rubber band that can keep stretching for ever but is always just on the verge of retracting. The probability continues to rise infinitely, i.e a 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999etc% chance.

    Life doesn’t need infinite time though, as evidenced by us being here. In the 100trillion or so years left before heat death, the 13 billion years before us and the trillions of planets (that’s more than you can even imagine btw), it’s about as close to a guarantee as you can get without actually having one.

    None the less, the absence of an explanation is no reason to go and make up fairy tales about a designer – that’s what lead to bleeding sick people to get rid of an illness.

  • Ironcross

    This list all the more instills my faith in one true God. There is NO WAY the universe just happened, everyday science proves it. ALL I ask is for somebody to tell me the odds of a protein created with all of the necessary ingredients for life in the vast space of the universe and that you would take that bet. Sorry ain’t buying it.

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  • Sedge

    I really gotta say– this is the worst comments section ever. Way to phone it in, guys.

    But meanwhile, that white hole thing sounds TERRIFYING. See, while getting sucked into a black hole will probably result in instant death (unless, of course, you get let out somewhere else and…), who knows what’ll come flying out of a white hole. Probably Zalgo. Thanks for keying me in on that one, guys.

  • firefreak511

    just a little not most stars don’t have planets

  • BobNickMad

    “However, believers in this theory have argued that there are none that disprove it either.”It doesn’t work like that, i could speculate anything and say you can’t prove my fantasies aren’t real.

  • Anon

    What about: how big the universe is/when does it end.

  • ravindran g .bangalore

    splendid. Uncomphrensible to our human intelligence..nay wisdom.

  • Meesha

    What a great list, conspiracy theories to get people to question and think so good ideas. No clue there were supposed to be white holes. Wow. Thanks for inspiration :)

  • James

    If there were others, our universe would not be a universe at all, this is because the 'uni' part means one if i'm correct.

    I do believe in outer life however.

    • Jay

      Our uni-verse is a tiny part of the multi-verse.

  • T.J.

    wow this list sucks

    first off light does not move through dark matter undeterred, it is affected by the gravity of it causing it to shift and curve, this is how they create the 3d images like the one shown for that very entry.

    Secondly thinking that anything about the moon photos is other than a collection of photos put together. When you look at the photos you realize that the pictures aren't individual photos but dozens layered on top of each other to get a larger image and you can tell that it isn't censoring that does it but the fact that all photos form a distance are naturally at different levels of focus.

  • technicalleon

    I got an idea.. there's this theory about advanced technology before Noah's flood.
    Hypothetically, if that were true there's a possibility that 5 & 2 were caused by ancient humans.
    Just a thought..

  • ødgjsoie

    What a fucking shittty list. What a piss on randomness.

    Hey randomness lemme screw you from behind and tell you that you’ve got a face. yeah..

    You’re following a bias of the human brain.

    To assume that a vague human face in a nebula is a “phenomena” without doing a statistical approach is just really really really fucked fucked up. How many times have you observed objects of the universe without seeing a face? You don’t remember that do you?

    And yeah there has been done research on human face recognition, that it’s overpumped up. It was beneficial and won through natural selection as you could assume friend or foe much faster by implementing a margin of mistake.

  • The Scientist like from Coldplay

    I figured the author must be a troll when he said dark energy “outweighed” gravity. How the hell does something outweigh gravity?

  • Soeren

    The only one i think is completely rubbish and has nothing to it at all, is the one with the face. thats no different than from when ppl see a tree or a cloud on earth that looks like something, yet ppl dont go all crazy if they see a tree with something that could look like a hand.

    also white holes? ive watched so so so many docus, and this is the first time ive ever heard about them


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  • wangtoon wangsu

    hundreds of calls came infrom people reporting they could see a face in the cloud,but guess what i see face of bull dog down there…

  • RegioFora

    Great story,..
    More news?

  • Master Hameed

    Good List !!! Forewer .

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    • Chris

      Come on! Great astronomical findings together with conspiracy theories don´t mix well. Throw the latter out ant you have a great list!

  • S KHAN

    i site is very very knowledgeable.

  • siulis

    it’ people like gregory that make humans a joke. you are pathetic in you’re narrow mindedness. you make me embarassed to live on the same planet as you ….feable little brained twit.

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  • aung kyaw kyaw

    I love space

  • kuchik kiya

    lawo che

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  • binod Subedi

    Wasting huge amount of budject in space exploration is usefuless.What if that amount is use in medicine field.Till date the deadly diseases can be wipe out and human beings can live peacefully.

  • CW

    For the last one (#1) isnt the force pulling against gravity, interia? (I have no idea how to spell it but it’s pronounced e-ner-sha) So is interia the same as Dark Energy, and that its becoming stronger not the dark energy?

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  • Nameahdar

    Enter your comment here.I like this list, it improves my knowledge

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  • Hitler

    Dark matter is left over farts from the big bang

  • aungmp

    That’s amazing.

  • Someone:P

    Meh, most of these are not even misteries but are proven to exist and such. I won’t even bother explaining <_<

  • Captain Carrot

    Ok, I had to comment after finding this site about a week ago and reading lists plus comments.

    I’m so tired of the term “conspiracy theory”. Anytime somebody says something that people don’t want to hear or give any thought to whatsoever (usually because they believe THEY know it all…) then it’s a conspiracy theory. Bullshit.

    If you were to go back in time before the invention of the airplane and utter the words “we will someday fly in the sky like the birds to and from different places” then it would be a conspiracy theory.

    If you were to go back to the days of riding horses for transportation and tell people “one day we will drive around in motorized carts w/computers in them that can make them park w/out touching the steering wheel”, first they’d say “what the hell is a park and a steering wheel” and then call it a conspiracy theory.

    I’m sure even before the earth was proven round, they thought that was a conspiracy theory. The people that bitterly opposed Galileo in his defense of Copernicus’ heliocentric theory obviously thought that, too, was a “conspiracy theory”.

    So quit saying everything you don’t agree with is a conspiracy theory. It’s ridiculous, it’s ignorant, and you’re an insecure, egotistic, delusional rat b***ard. That is all.

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  • The Dogter

    most of what we see in the night sky is blackness- if there are a near infinite amount of stars in the sky shouldn’t it be alot brighter, maybe its the dark matter and energy getting in the way or blocking out that light.

    • MeDan

      Ahhh, Alber’s Paradox. There is a scientific explanations, but the explanation is really, really stupid. I like it better as a paradox.

  • bonnifer

    wow … god is amazing

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  • shakeel

    this is best

  • Ryuk

    The topic temples on the moon / life is absolutely bull shit. Theres no such thing ever exist there, if it ever did exist. We know it a looooooong time ago.

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  • another john

    this is all mystical and interesting but dont the scientist have enough problems to solve here on earth before worrying about outer space?

  • andy

    its a lie ruin on a moon crazy people.

  • logan

    does really white holes exist???????

  • sudhir singh

    this post is very helpful for me so i suggest for every one that learn as soon as…………………….

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  • ggcgh

    one day people. we will know one day. but by then we’d all probably be dead. since you know, evolution f technology. I do however, agree that earth being the only planet to give life is shit. of all those 30 million suns? what are the odds?

  • i am looking for information on Anti – universe theory & laws of physics , Those laws of symmetry dat deal with abstract symmetry which predict d existences of anti universes some where in the cosmos the past events of our earrh are future events on that earth & vice versa just like a mirror image !! Tungabhadra incident of 1908 is an example.

  • Kevin C.

    Not all of this is rubbish. The truth is, the Universe may be beyond our comprehension. What your mind can imagine at its fullest potential, still would not comprehend the Universe, or Multiverse… We may never know.

  • getemion

    The ruins of the moon could have been the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and The UFO sightings is quite common. If there was another earth, it would be really awesome!

  • nurman

    amazing natural event … I give credit to scientists examining

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  • umer zahal

    These all things included in this list does seems extremely intriguing to explore.
    Indeed awesome man!!!!!!!!

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  • David Hopkins

    Here is what some scientists have suggested (if you can wrap your head around it) about the existence of other universes.

    Other universes exist, but in a manner we (in this universe) cannot hope to begin to comprehend. This universe is as completely and absolutely separate from any other universe as two different peoples’ perspectives are to each other.

    That is to say, we cannot detect or find any hint of any existence of any other universe (let alone travel or in any way transport to one) any more than we can become someone else.

    To us, this is the only universe. To inhabitants of other universes, their universe is the only universe.

    It has been pretty well scientifically established that our universe is finite, but there is nothing beyond or outside of our universe. Nothing, not even space, exists, much like the world to you and I before we were conceived, making a system of location coordinates of other universes with respect to our own meaningless and nonsensical. The same would apply to any other universe. It would be something like how you can assign a certain event in your life a value on the continuum of time compared with another event (I began my breakfast at 8:00 on March 12 2011 and began my lunch on 12:00 on March 12 2011), but there is no way you can assign a meaningful real number to another person compared to yourself.

    Furthermore, we cannot say what is going on in any other universe as concepts of time, like everything else, are totally different and separate and whatever direction you were to point, you could never say that you were pointing in the direction of a different universe.

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  • tbies

    biggest mind-f–K ever. were and why did space come from? and what lies beyond what we know? id rather have that knowledge than a million dollars!

  • Marjun Makinano

    I don’t believe there are infinite number of universe, each which is governed by its laws and physics. But I don’t think we are alone in this universe, there could be life on other planets waiting to be discovered. Hopefully, in the next few decades, new advances and discoveries on astronomy, mathematics, physics and technology would lead us to answers.

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  • TeddyBear

    This is a great list, but do people really think we’re alone? There are trillions of planets out there, and people are saying Earth is only planet with life? Thats just ignorant. Not to mention the fact that there is a possibility that there are more than one universe. If that was true, then the number of planets is possibly infinite. And people are trying to say that only one out of infinity planets has life. i might be wrong so don’t get angry, but if i am, then this is one messed up lonely place.

  • yashita

    this list is quiet informative!!!!

  • 8 is wrong. There are 9 planets, Pluto would be number 9…

    • Drugs

      Pluto is not considered an official planet anymore and removed from the solar system. Not sure what its considered now; possibly, a rock.

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  • Johny

    I believe we are not alone. Its just plain-right hard to imagine that Earth is the only planet with a sustainable life and resources in this whole universe. I mean, what would be the point of the universe then if we are all alone. I know I wont be alive in this lifetime to reach dramatic and advanced technology, but someday we all will have an answer to the question of other life. With asteroids, it has been concluded that unexplainable matter or cells has been discovered on them coming from millions and millions of miles in space.

    Ah my brain hurts from this mind-fuck! Just amazing what is out there and the mysterious!

  • Dr.Me

    Alien Life and what does the universe grow into,what is beyond the universe that it can expand?I am very curious

  • reynaldo

    The information’s are cool, well written,and well- explained. Not too long, not too short. To sum it all GOOD JOB!

  • blairbroderick

    Put mystery 6, and 9 together and it no longer becomes much of a mystery .

  • Alice

    Really interesting list! Especially the white holes and possible existence of parallel universes. But IMHO, the face in the eagle nebula is bs, along with face on mars (which was debunked on another list on this site). These things are exames of pareidolia, as mentioned on previous comments, and is also covered by a list on this site..