Mysterious 'supervoid' in space

Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim

 

A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models

 

 

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

 

 

7:09PM BST 20 Apr 2015

 

 

 

 

Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies.

 

The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren.

 

It sits in a region of space which is much colder than other parts of the universe and although it is not a vacuum, it seems to have around 20 per cent less matter than other regions.

 

Although the Big Bang theory allows for areas that are cooler and hotter, the size of the void does not fit with predicted models. Simply put, it is too big to exist.

 

István Szapudi, of University of Hawaii at Manoa, described the object as possibly “the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity”.

 

It was picked up using Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) telescope located on Haleakala, Maui, and Nasa’s Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite.

 

The latest study suggests that the ‘supervoid’ may be draining energy from light travelling through, which is why the area around it is so cold.

 

Getting through such a big hole takes hundreds of millions of years, even at the speed of light, and photons of light slow down as they cross because the universe – and therefore the void - is continually expanding.

 

However the scientists claim that the void can only account for around 10 per cent the temperature drop in the cold spot.

 

“It just pushed the explanation one layer deeper,” said Dr Roberto Trotta, a cosmologist at Imperial College London.

 

 

The supervoid is only about 3 billion light-years away from Earth, a relatively short distance in the cosmic scheme of things.

 

“Supervoids are not entirely empty, they’re under-dense,” said András Kovács, a co-author at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

 

“This is the greatest supervoid ever discovered. Given the combination of size and emptiness, our supervoid is still a very rare event. We can only expect a few supervoids this big in the observable universe.”

 

The researchers report their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

 

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How many times does the Big Bang need to be discredited before they move on to a theory that might actually work?

 

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Comments (31)

  1. SEC

    About as many times as social theorists insist that communism works

    April 21, 2015
    1. EZWAYZ

      you mean Obama – our dear leader, is wrong?

      April 21, 2015
      1. SEC

        I can think of at least 5 times it has been tried and each time it flopped big time

        April 21, 2015
        1. EZWAYZ

          it just hasn’t been tried by the right leaders on the right people yet

          April 21, 2015
          1. SEC

            And the Apostles weren’t the right leaders? How about the Puritans they weren’t the right people?

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              nope, apparently not…now Mao came close and there’s still hope for Obama

              April 21, 2015
          2. SEC

            Nope human nature will defeat them all

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              but O can walk on water, he’s gotta shot

              April 21, 2015
          3. SEC

            You believe that, Have I got a deal for you!

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              Dear leader only wants our happiness. surrender your will to him. let him make you all hopey changey

              April 21, 2015
          4. SEC

            Gaaaaak!

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              change is good. let him change your hopes

              April 21, 2015
          5. SEC

            so close to dinner; are you trying to ruin my appetite or just aiding some obscure weightloss program

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              oh ye of little faith

              April 21, 2015
          6. SEC

            I have faith, just not in the great “O”

            April 21, 2015
            1. wirelessguru1

              How in the hell did you guys change this topic to Obama now!? LOL!!!

              April 21, 2015
            2. EZWAYZ

              be not doubting only believe

              April 21, 2015
  2. belladora

    I just watched another video on this. Fascinating

    April 21, 2015
    1. EZWAYZ

      holes in space, who knew

      April 21, 2015
  3. wirelessguru1

    It is actually rather simple:
    Space is a wavelength.

    April 21, 2015
    1. EZWAYZ

      the higher the vibration, the higher the ascension since it is also dimensional

      April 21, 2015
      1. wirelessguru1

        Inner space limit: Zero-wavelength, infinite frequency (zero-point)
        Outer space limit: Infinite-wavelength, zero frequency (a flat line, no heart beat)

        April 21, 2015
        1. EZWAYZ

          death involves no heartbeat yet it isn’t the end

          April 21, 2015
          1. wirelessguru1

            Death is a transition from one form into another.
            The outer space limit is not the end either since it is an infinite flat line, so it has no beginning and no end…

            April 21, 2015
            1. EZWAYZ

              same spirit, same body, no blood, different dimension

              April 21, 2015
            2. EZWAYZ

              btw, I don’t have the same hang up as your good friend livelonger about letting conversations flow where they will

              April 21, 2015
            3. wirelessguru1

              No, the physical body dies…and that zealot is definitely not my friend!

              April 21, 2015
            4. EZWAYZ

              I agree the physical body dies but death is not the end of us.

              April 21, 2015
            5. wirelessguru1

              Of course not, since I AM not the body.
              Look, since mind is a program (software) it can be and is “saved” (stored, placed) in different mediums. Computer Science 101.
              +1 (Neo)
              P.S. I used the word “saved” since I already know that you’re religious…

              April 21, 2015
            6. EZWAYZ

              lol, wells thanks for being considerate however, its not the mind alone that is “saved” yet within the medium of spirit and body. The mind/thought alone can feel neither hot nor cold, it does not touch, taste see or hear, it interprets the sensations sent to it. stored without recourse to act for oneself would be hell – ask anyone serving life without parole.

              April 21, 2015
            7. wirelessguru1

              Well, the primary source code is also “saved”.
              (see My new thread here on Transferring Human Emotions)

              April 21, 2015