Unexplained natural phenomenon, bizarre events and the enigmas surrounding them have always been a source of constant fascination for us. While the bubble encapsulating some of the natural phenomenon is sometimes burst by discovering a logical reason behind their occurrence, there are other bizarre events that leave even the best of our scientific minds flabbergasted. Nature, as she has always done, never fails to intrigue us. So when you add a pinch of enigma in certain mischievous activities of nature, enough gunpowder gets created, for the conspiracy theorists and skeptics alike, to ponder over and over until the phenomenon is classified as inexplicable and unfathomable.
With that being said, behold! For what we are about to reveal to you is our list of the top 10 Unexplained Natural Phenomenon that made their presence felt in our world, to our people, commanded our attention, but left all of us a little befuddled, scared, perplexed and certainly without any logical explanation:
10. Dark matter and Dark Energy
In the 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is not static but ever-expanding. This discovery puzzled scientists who, until then, presumed the universe’s expansion has slowed down after the “Big Bang”. Dark energy, therefore, has been thought of an enigmatic force that is pulling the cosmos apart.
In the 1960s and 1970s, astronomers hypothesized that there might be more mass to the universe than current theories suggested. This invisible but existent mass came to be known as “dark matter”. Dark matter has been assumed to make up as much as 23-percent of the universe, whereas only 4-percent of the universe is made up of regular matter.
Scientists, astronomers and physicists alike have been pondering over this research, and searching for an explanation of dark energy and dark matter for years. The universe, as they say, is a gigantic mass shrouded in mystery and we are just trying to disentangle the pieces bit-by-bit, if that even is ever possible.(source)
9. The Baigong Pipes
In an area of China, there are three mysterious openings in the top of a mountain that contain hundreds of rusty iron pipes whose origin is unknown. Some of those pipes go deep into the mountain, but some lead into a nearby saltwater lake. What’s so special about these pipes? Archaeologists have dated these pipes to a time when mankind was still trying to figure out how to cook, let alone use iron clad pipes!
A conclusive proof about their existence cannot be put forward because the pipes are on a mountain that is absolutely inhabitable for us…earthlings.(source)
8. Star Jelly
Star jelly, quite similar to ‘skymounts’ depicted in the Star Trek universe, are often associated with meteor showers. These are unexplained “space globs” that are shapeless, glutinous with unknown composition. they evaporate soon after touching the ground.
Reports of public sightings of star jelly date as far back as the 14th century. Most recently, these star jellies were discovered at England’s Ham Wall Nature Reserve in 2013. Scientists, however, have been left puzzled and in disagreement over the exact causes of the star jelly, with some even claiming it to be frogspawn. But, if they were frogspawn, why would they disolve and disappear? This question still haunts many scientific minds.(source)
7. The WOW! Signal
On August 15, 1977, Jerry R. Ehman, while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of Ohio State University, detected a strong, narrowband radio signal. The signal displayed characteristics that were anticipated to probably be in signals of non-terrestrial and non-Solar origin. The entire signal was observed for 72 seconds, but has not been detected since.
Ehman circled the signal on the computer printout after admiring its resemblance with an expected interstellar signal, and named it “Wow!”
A lot of scientific experiments were later conducted using the META array at Oak Ridge Observatory by Robert H. Gray in 1987 and 1989, and the use of the Very Large Array, that was significantly more sensitive than Big Ear, by Gray and Simon Ellingsen to try to capture a recurrence of the Wow! signal, but to no avail.
Over the years, innumerable speculations have been put forward to try to explain the origin of the signal, some even by Ehman, but no theory has been accepted as providing conclusive proof or explanation of the phenomena that occurred on August 15.(source)
6. The Tunguska event
In June 1908, a ball of fire exploded in a remote area of Russia, shaking the ground and instantly flattening 770 square miles of forest. Known as the Tunguska event because of its close proximity to a river of the same name, the blast was estimated to have generated 15-megatons of energy, about a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Recent research suggests a meteor is to blame, as evidenced by a nearby lake which some scientists believe was created by the meteor’s impact. Other scientists, however, believe the lake was there before the event.
On the night of June 30, 1908, and for the next three nights, aurora-like displays were seen in northern Europe.(source)