Scientists strongly believe that black holes really exist. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicted the existence of such objects back in 1917, and over the past decades, astronomers have found plenty of evidence of their presence in many areas of outer space.
More than 5 objects are known, which probably include black holes. However, there is only indirect evidence, but there is no conclusive evidence. The most likely candidate for black holes is the X-ray source Cygnus X-1, discovered in the early 1970s in X-binary systems. The mass of the source in this system, which can be estimated from the observed speed of the optical star in its orbit and Kepler’s laws, exceeds the limiting mass for a neutron star. The Chandra X-ray Observatory found in several galaxies with a high rate Continue reading
In the 1840s, with the help of Newtonian mechanics, Urbain Le Verrier predicted the position of the then undetected planet Neptune based on an analysis of perturbations of the orbit of Uranus. Subsequent observations of Neptune at the end of the 19th century led astronomers to suggest that, in addition to Neptune, another planet also has an impact on the orbit of Uranus. In 1906, Percival Lowell, a wealthy resident of Boston who founded the Lowell Observatory in 1894, initiated an extensive project to find the ninth planet in the solar system, which he named Planet X. By 1909, Lowell and William Henry Pickering had suggested several possible celestial coordinates for this planet. Lowell and his observatory continued to search for the planet until his death in 1916, but to no avail. In fact, on March 19, 1915, two low-level images of Pluto were obtained at his observatory without Lowell’s knowledge, but he was not recognized on them.
Mount Wilson Observatory could also claim the discovery of Pluto in 1919. That year, Milton Humason, on behalf of William Pickering, searched for the ninth planet, and Pluto’s image fell on a photographic Continue reading
In very ancient times, people did not have a correct idea of the shape and size of our planet and what place it occupies in space. Now we know that the physical surface of the Earth, which is a combination of land and water, is geometrically very complex; it cannot be represented by any of the well-known and mathematically studied geometric figures. On the surface of the Earth, seas and oceans occupy about 71%, and land – about 29%; the highest mountains and the greatest depths of the oceans are negligible compared to the size of the entire earth. So, for example, on a globe with a diameter of 60 cm, Mount Everest with a height of approximately 8840 m appears as just a grain of 0.25 mm. Therefore, the body, limited by the surface of the oceans, in a calm state mentally continued under all continents, is taken for Continue reading