Top 10 Facts Unexplained By Science

Atul Kumar Prasad
8 min readOct 28, 2021


Science can explain most things we find in nature but every once in a while an inexplicable phenomena baffles everyone and scientists alike from unexplainable orbs of light to dancing trees. We take a look at 10 of the strangest phenomena we found that science just can’t explain.

Marfa is a small desert town in West Texas for years residents there have reported seeing mysterious glowing orbs that appear in the night sky. According to the eyewitnesses the lights known as the Marfa Lights appear to be the size of basketball and they vary in color white blue yellow red and orange. The lights reportedly hovers twinkle flicker and sometimes split into two even more strangely they float up into the air and dark quickly across the sky. There is no predicting when the Marfa Lights will appear and there is no consistent specific time of year or weather event that causes their appearance which makes them difficult to explain. The Marfa Lights were first reported in 1883 when a local saw the lights and thought they were from native American campfires but there had been no evidence of any fires in that area. Physics students at the University of Texas have attempted to explain the lights calling them an optical illusion resulting from varying air temperatures. Other theories explained the lights are ignited gas which is emitted from the many oil and natural gas reserves located in West Texas. Still other theories blame extraterrestrial aliens and of course ghosts.

What appeared to be two Suns in the sky were caught on camera in china in 2011. One sun was fuzzy and orange and the other sun was yellow and crisp, the two oval-shaped suns appeared side-by-side and the yellow one more closely resemble Earth’s sun, neither of the suns was the obvious actual sun not fully explained by science. The double sun image is believed to be an effect of extremely rare optical refraction like a mirage. A very specific set of circumstances would have to occur to create the illusion which would be either an atmospheric event or ice particles that refract sunlight in such a way to create the experience of two suns.

Chorioactics Geaster is the scientific name for what’s known as the devil’s cigar. It’s a mushroom technically but the devil cigar grows up from the ground unlike any other mushroom. It looks like a dark cigar before it splits into several sections when the splits happen it creates between four and seven sections of the mushroom and an audible hiss is heard as the mushroom spits out a smoky clouds of spores. As if these weren’t odd enough the devil cigar only grows in a couple of very remote locations on the planet and those locations are almost 7000 miles apart on three isolated islands in Japan. The mushrooms grow on the stumps and dead root of oak trees and in Texas they grow on the stumps and dead root of elm trees. How and why the same uniquely strange organism lives in two completely different environments separated by the Pacific Ocean has scientists baffled.

Waterspout is defined as a small diameter column of rapidly swirling air that comes in contact with a water surface like a tornado that hits the top of the water. Waterspouts are almost produced by a growing cumulus cloud and may assume many shapes and may resemble tornados whirl winds and fire storms but it has only been recently that the origin and workings of waterspouts have been understood. They have been observed since ancient times and can explain the disappearance of small crafts to large ships. Waterspouts are believed to sometimes draw fish and frogs from the water into its vortex and then drop them onto land thus accounting for the reported falling of such objects previously believed to be a supernatural or biblical occurrence.

Morning glory clouds have been seen at several locations around the world but the Australia is the only place in the world where these rare cloud formations can be accurately predicted. The morning glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon where forms that look like a long roll or a cylinder. The cloud is developed by varying air temperatures that create the cloud in front but then it rode the cloud at the back. The cloud is solitary wave that remains constant with the crest that remains the same size and shape for this reason hang gliders who know how to ride the cloud wave are often seen at the sight of these clouds. They can float just at the crest of the wave for a long as they like or until the air changes temperature and the morning glory cloud evaporates.

The Taos Hum residents in a small town in New Mexico called Taos have reported hearing unusual hum. The low humming noise known as the Taos Hum, it was first reported in the early 1990s and a professor at the University of New Mexico conducted a survey to gain more information of the residents who were surveyed about the hum. Only 2% of the people reported that they detected the noise. Sensitive equipments was set up around the homes of those who heard the noise to measure vibrations and sounds however extensive testing nothing out of ordinary was detected but residents continued to report hearing the Taos Hum. Some described it as a buzz a whir or a low constant humming noise not everyone heard the same thing but this was puzzling to scientists. Many different theories have been offered as an explanation ranging from government mind control experiments to underground UFO bases the paranormal to simply the creative imaginations of laid black artsy community that make up the town of Taos.

Dozens of trees in Russia make up what is known as the dancing forest. The trees in dancing forest have trunks that are twisted turned and contorted into rings spirals and loops. The exact reason for the trunks wild contortion remains a mystery. The trees were originally planted in the 1960s to stabilize the sand in the area. Some claims that loose sand has made the trees unstable themselves and caused them in a crooked fashion. Others says that moth damage the trees in their early growth stages and as the trees grew towards the sun their deformities had already formed some blame the strong wind some blame human manipulation and some claim that positive and negative energies clash at this particular spot causing the trees misshapen this. Still others are convinced that the trees bending and twisted is a result of climate change while we’re at it let us know what you think the reason is in the comments.

The Patomskiy Crater has baffled scientists for decades. It is located in Siberia hundreds of miles from the nearest city and the locals call it fire eagle nest. They fear that it has strange and deadly powers taking out animals and any explorer who get too close to it. It is 520 feet in diameter and 140 feet in height with a depressed center in the ring measuring almost 40 feet high. The crater was discovered in 1949 by Russian geologist Vadim Kopaka who believed the crater to be the result of falling meteorite the Tunguska meteorite crashed in 1908 was the likely candidate accepts that theory was dispelled when the crater was dated to be about 500 years old. Several other theories about the crater emerged over the years including a far-fetched idea that it was a neutron star that crashed straight through the earth and punched through other side — a more likely explanation was that it was created by steam and gas explosion from when rock and volcanic magma met but if that were the case why weren’t there more craters in the area if it were an object that crashed there alien ship or earthly why wouldn’t any other materials be found. Scientists and especially geologists are still trying to explain Patomskiy Crater while the indigenous people continue to fear it has evil powers.

The silent zone in Busan-Mapimi in Durango Mexixo is often compared to the Bermuda Triangle because of the similar strange phenomena that occur in the area like the Bermuda Triangle. The silent zone is located between latitude parallels 26 and 28 and local legend has it that the land is responsible strange and paranormal incidents, radio waves cannot be transmitted in certain areas of silent zone because of of magnetic field and concentrated earth energy, compasses don’t work there and rumors have it that you cannot hear conversations. Lights spheres are often see flying overhead. The area attracts meteorites and that aliens often land there. Tourists come from all over the world to experience the area when they can’t find the elusive silent zone they ask the locals who dismissed the rumors and theories for directions who then tell them to follow the road until they see the Martians.

The challenger deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest known point in Earth’s Oceans. It is a crescent shaped trough about 1500 miles long and 42 miles wide and it is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean nearly 7 miles below the surface. It is known that sound waves travel an incredibly long way in the water so the Mariana Trench acts something like an echo chamber sounds for miles around it. In 2016 scientists released the first audio recordings taken from dark world under the ocean. Strange moans low rumbles and high pitch screeches can be heard from this audio. Whales and dolphins can also be heard communicating with one another. In one spectacular recording a category four tornado can be heard ranging above and in another rumble of earthquake can be detected. Not all the sounds of Mariana Trench can be identified as natural sometimes ships can be heard crossing overhead or the sounds of boat engines were detected. Many of the sounds regardless of their origin are equally haunting mysterious and beautiful. In science unexplained doesn’t always mean unexplainable many things about the world around us our first mysterious and can eventually be explained through research and science.

Let me know which phenomena you found most fascinating.

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