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#1    schadeaux

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Posted 10 October 2003 - 04:06 PM

Astronomers studying radiation left over from the dawn of time believe the cosmos is the shape of a football.

They say it is a finite "dodecahedron" made of curved pentagons joined together.

However if you went out to the edge of the "ball" you would find yourself coming back in through the opposite face.

The research, reported in the journal Nature, is based on data from a space craft mapping the background radiation left over from the Big Bang.

Nasa's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe showed that temperature fluctuations across the sky are smaller than would be produced by an infinite universe.

New York mathematician Dr Jeffrey Weeks and colleagues worked out that a football-shaped finite universe best fitted the observations.

If the results are confirmed, they would mean the universe is relatively small - about 70 billion light years across.

They would also rule out exotic ideas such as "chaotic inflation" which proposes that our local universe is just one of a myriad expanding bubbles.

The scientists wrote: "Since antiquity, humans have wondered whether our universe is finite or infinite. Now, after more than two millennia of speculation, observational data might finally settle this ancient question."

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Posted 10 October 2003 - 04:42 PM

What if it was flat and if someone traveled far enough they would fall off the edge. I wonder what they would fall into?


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Posted 10 October 2003 - 04:45 PM

QUOTE (schadeaux @ Oct 10 2003, 12:06 PM)

However if you went out to the edge of the "ball" you would find yourself coming back in through the opposite face.

would I be correct in relating this to the "pac man effect"?

Go off one side of the screen, then come in the other...


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Posted 11 October 2003 - 11:49 PM

so is that a football..the real football you know a like earth the moon and other planets...ROUND

or is it the football as in AMERICAN FOOTBALL...i.e sissy boy rugby whistling2.gif  


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Posted 19 October 2003 - 04:40 PM

  i would imagine that it is in the shape of a soccer football and not the american footballs (not sissy boy rugby) because how could the universe come to two points at the ends and then be curved on the edges? disgust.gif


that would just be wierd wacko.gif  

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 11:30 AM

WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST RUGBY!? ohmy.gif  

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (Nintendork @ Oct 22 2003, 01:30 PM)
WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST RUGBY!? ohmy.gif

Nothing, Dorkstar. It's American Football that has been called "sissy boy rugby", understand?

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 04:30 PM

QUOTE (dust19 @ Oct 10 2003, 10:45 AM)
would I be correct in relating this to the "pac man effect"?
Go off one side of the screen, then come in the other...

  grin2.gif  grin2.gif  grin2.gif  I like this one!
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:58 PM

QUOTE (Phantom @ Oct 22 2003, 12:57 PM)
QUOTE (Nintendork @ Oct 22 2003, 01:30 PM)
WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST RUGBY!? ohmy.gif

Nothing, Dorkstar. It's American Football that has been called "sissy boy rugby", understand?

please, can you Call me nintendork?

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (Nintendork @ Oct 22 2003, 07:58 PM)

please, can you Call me nintendork?

At least they aren't calling you Segadork.  wink2.gif  

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 09:49 PM

How about we call him Dorkmaster Dork?  

Anyhoo, how have they ruled out the existence of other universes?  I'm sure it's somewhere in the article, but I have a really short attention span.

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