In 2004, NASA’ mission WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) detected a supermassive void (largest structure ever observed in the universe) — a cold area of the sky that stretched on the map of radiation left over from the Big Bang — a strange feature named by astronomers the Cold Spot.
The Year 2015 will be an exciting year for stargazers. Also, the astronomy calendar containing dates for most notable celestial events happening in 2015, including moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, oppositions, conjunctions and other interesting events could help enthusiasts know when they will occur.
The universe has been around for roughly 13.7 billion years, but it still holds many mysteries that continue to perplex astronomers to this day. The journal Science summarized some of the most bewildering questions being asked by leading astronomers today. In no particular order, here are 5 of the most enduring mysteries in astronomy.
The archaeological complex of Licurnique, located four hours from Olmos district in Peru’s northern region of Lambayeque, reveals evidence of an astronomical laboratory from the formative stage.
Astronomy is probably the oldest science. Ancient civilizations around the world gazed up at the sky and the stars, but it wasn’t until the scientific enlightenment of the 17th century that astronomers were able to get a handle on how things actually worked up there. These new discoveries would eventually lead to the rich, fascinating picture of the universe we have today. Here are a few significant milestones that had to be reached along the way.