Against the background of human life, the concept of “cosmic catastrophe” sounds somehow abstract, unreal. But just look at the photographs of the Moon, Mercury, Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, their face, “disfigured” by meteorite bombardments, as it becomes clear that cosmic catastrophes in the Solar System occur much more often than we suppose. The recent fall on Jupiter of the Shoemaker-Levy comet is direct evidence of this. The Earth, thanks to its dense atmosphere, is well protected from small meteoroids weighing tens and hundreds of kilograms. But what will happen if the Earth collides with an asteroid or a comet weighing a million tons? Continue reading
A lot of time has passed since the last article in the unsolved mystery series of the 20th century was published, the editors of our site decided to continue this series. And the next in turn is the Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie).
If you turn to the very depths of Celtic legends, then this creature was first noticed by the Roman conquerors. The very first mention of the Loch Ness monster dates back to the 5th century AD, where in one of the chronicles the water beast of the River Ness is mentioned. Continue reading
The idea of the existence of parallel worlds became especially popular after astrophysicists proved that our Universe has limited dimensions — about 46 billion light years and a certain age — 13.8 billion years.
There are several questions at once. What is beyond the boundaries of the universe? What happened before its emergence from the cosmological singularity? How did the cosmological singularity come about? What awaits the universe in the future? Continue reading