Surprised scientists - a good theory predicts...
If a good theory predicts then why are space scientists, astronomers and astrophysicists constantly so surprised? Unless...
If you read an article about a new thing found in space through one of their own experiments or research projects count how many times scientists are so surprised, astounded, amazed, unexpected, bizarre, dumb founded...
How many times can you keep radically altering your 'Standard Theory' of something until you work out that the basics might be wrong?
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but to the science team's great surprise there was also water present, and in large amounts. "Nobody expected that. I don't know a single person that did. We were astonished, just astonished," said MESSENGER science team member Thomas Zurbuchen.MESSENGER Scientists Astonished
"This is a shocking new result," says IBEX principal investigator Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute. "We had no idea this ribbon existed--or what has created it. Our previous ideas about the outer heliosphere are going to have to be revised."Giant Ribbon Discovered at the Edge of the Solar System
the least volcanic activity and most mantle exposure ever discovered on a mid-ocean ridge, allowing Snow and his colleagues to recover many mantle samples.
"I just about fell off my chair," Snow said. "We can't exaggerate how important these rocks are - they're a window into that deep part of the Earth."Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Discovery Sheds Light On Mantle Formation
Under the laws of physics, planet WASP-18b orbiting a star 1,000 light years from Earth is too big and too close to its sun for comfort....Professor Cameron said: "This is another bizarre planet discovery..."WASP-18b - Planet found that defies the laws of physics
"We thought the plane of the rings was no taller than two stories of a modern-day building and instead we've come across walls more than two miles high," said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. "Isn't that the most outrageous thing you could imagine? It truly is like something out of science fiction."Cassini Reveals New Ring Quirks, Shadows During Saturn Equinox
At first, the instrument's minders were confounded, figuring that something on M3 had gone awry. "The first reaction that I think all of us had was, this is ridiculous," says Carle Pieters, a planetary scientist at Brown University and principal investigator for M3. The team was finding evidence for water not in permanently shadowed craters but on the sunlit portions of the moon, which just did not add up.Stream of Evidence from 3 Spacecraft Indicates That the Moon Has Water
"This second Mercury flyby provided a number of new findings," said Sean Solomon, the probe's principal investigator from the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "One of the biggest surprises was how strongly the dynamics of the planet's magnetic field–solar wind interaction changed from what we saw during the first Mercury flyby in January 2008...MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals a Very Dynamic Planet Mercury
"The clusters show a small but measurable velocity that is independent of the universe's expansion and does not change as distances increase," says lead researcher Alexander Kashlinsky at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "We never expected to find anything like this."Scientists Detect Cosmic 'Dark Flow' Across Billions of Light Years
Though inflation theory forecasts many odd facets of the distant universe, not many scientists predicted the dark flow. "It was greatly surprising to us and I suspect to everyone else," Kashlinsky said.Mysterious New 'Dark Flow' Discovered in Space
Years ago, when solar physicists first witnessed a towering wave of hot plasma racing across the sun's surface, they doubted their senses. The scale of the wave was staggering: It rose up higher than Earth itself and rippled out from a central point in a circular pattern millions of kilometers in circumference. Skeptical observers suggested it might be a shadow of some kind—a trick of the satellite's eye—but surely not a real wave.Mystery of the Solar Tsunami -- Solved
...McComas and his colleagues said that no existing model can explain all the dominant features of this “ribbon.” Instead, they suggest that these new findings will prompt a change in our understanding of the heliosphere and the processes that shape it.
...Somehow the magnetic field seems to be playing a dominant roll in these interactions, but we don't know it could produced these higher fluxes. We have to figure out what physics were are missing."
McComas said his first reaction when the data started coming in was that of terror because he thought something must be wrong with the spacecraft. But as more data kept coming back each week, the team realized that they were wrong, and the spacecraft was right.Spacecraft Detects Mysterious "Ribbon" at Edge of Solar System