How does anything defy someone’s imagination and wins? It’s not like there is a cap on what the human mind is capable of imagining, right? Well, the space discoveries that you area about witness pushed the limits of what we thought or even imagined was possible. In fact, some of the space discoveries on this article were actually found by accident, which means our puny little minds had no concept of there existence. For example, the Galilean Moons, a Diamond planet (seriously, an entire planet made out diamonds), and even a trail of gas dividing two galaxies that is 2.6-million-light-year-long! With all the significant technological advancement related to the exploration of space, scientists and astronomers have been coming across new cosmic objects and phenomena that keep baffling our minds. So it looks like this battle between space and our imagination will continue (and we are excited to say that it looks like we will be losing the battle). So be sure to check out these 25 Major Space Discoveries That Defied Our Imagination And Won for some of the craziest space discoveries ever. And if you want even more space marvels, check out these 25 bizarre things you can only find in outer space.
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When Galileo Galilei, a famous Italian Renaissance astronomer, turned his newly constructed spyglass to the sky in 1610, he had no idea he would discover the four largest moons of Jupiter (now known as the Galilean moons). In fact, no scientist up to that day had predicted that the other planets would also have their own moons.
Also known as Canes Venatici Supervoid, the Giant Void is an extremely huge region of “space emptiness” within the constellation Canes Venatici. The discovery of this void surprised astronomers as their theories were only able to deal with much smaller empty areas in space. Measuring up to 1.3 billion light years across, the Giant Void is the largest void ever detected.
The seventh planet from the Sun, Uranus was discovered by accident. William Herschel, a German-born British astronomer discovered Uranus in March 1781 while surveying bright stars and nearby faint stars with his new telescope.
Named Ceres, the first asteroid was found by an Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi at Palermo, Sicily, in January 1801, while Piazzi was compiling a catalog of star positions. Located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, Ceres was originally considered a planet for many years. These days, it is classified as a dwarf planet.
Lights on Ceres
Talking about Ceres, there was another unexpected discovery related to this cosmic object. Recently, NASA astronomers noticed two bright lights on Ceres. Reflecting about 40% of the light hitting them, they are thought to be ice areas or salt patches. Some scientists also suggest the lights might have a geologic or volcanic origin.