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Unexplained hole in the universe discovered

By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2015 · Comment icon 46 comments



The mysterious void is big enough to house 10,000 galaxies. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO
Scientists have identified a huge void in space that measures over 1.8 billion light years across.
Discovered by Dr Istvan Szapudi and his team at the University of Hawaii, the mysterious region of space has come to be known as "the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity".

Consisting of an inconceivably large expanse of dark, cold space, this 'supervoid' covers a region of 1.8 billion light years across and is situated around 3 billion light years from the Earth. Its discovery may help to shed some light on the mysterious "Cold Spot" that exists in the universe's cosmic microwave background radiation.
Dr Szapudi had spent the better part of eight years attempting to locate the anomalous void which has since been described as "too big" to fit in to our current understanding of the universe.

It is so enormous in fact that it covers a region large enough to house 10,000 galaxies.

What the void is, how it formed and exactly what is inside it continues to remain a mystery.

Source: BBC News | Comments (46)


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Comment icon #37 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
Dude, enough. Go argue with every explanation on the Big Bang on the internet. According to the Big Bang, space did not exist prior to the expansion of the singularity. Neither did time, for that matter. The space you are talking about is exclusive to the 3rd dimension we live in, which is not where the singularity exists/existed. Point out to me where the theory says otherwise, not your personal interpretation of it.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
Dude, enough. Go argue with every explanation on the Big Bang on the internet. According to the Big Bang, space did not exist prior to the expansion of the singularity. Neither did time, for that matter. The space you are talking about is exclusive to the 3rd dimension we live in, which is not where the singularity exists/existed. Point out to me where the theory says otherwise, not your personal interpretation of it. A fact supported by the observation that the universe itself is expanding. The expansion is observed to be the expansion of empty space itself, not a bunch of matter flying apart... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
Actually, yes the Big Bang Theory does actually propose that, prior to the event, space did not exist. Not even empty space. "Space" was part of what was created in the Big Bang. Not according to the Big Bang theory. Also, the "construct" (known as the "singularity") was not a construct in any way we could imagine the term (it doesn't even exist in our dimension, or perhaps what we see in our dimension is nothing more than a cross-section of what it is). Also, it did not exist in "space", as the place where it existed is beyond the physical laws we use to define space. More modern theories pos... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
Fascinating! it seems we are beginning to understand that there may be "something" which is not physical.. but from which physicality emerges. The concept behind the Big Bang has been around since the late 1920's.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Blood_Sacrifice 8 years ago
Dude, enough. Go argue with every explanation on the Big Bang on the internet. According to the Big Bang, space did not exist prior to the expansion of the singularity. Neither did time, for that matter. The space you are talking about is exclusive to the 3rd dimension we live in, which is not where the singularity exists/existed. Point out to me where the theory says otherwise, not your personal interpretation of it. How could something operate without space and time? Of course I can't comprehend it. Can the physicists and cosmologists for that matter 'comprehend' it? Or do they simply ration... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
the thing is, it doesn't contain nothing, it's just emptier and colder than it should be. "hole" is a bit of a misleading word. ya, if i understand at all, it's an area of space , not a "hole" in space. pretty interesting. makes one wonder about causes for such an occurrence? but , back to off topic on the Big Bang? for a minute please? ...do i have this right? 1. all of the energy and (soon to follow) matter that the universe will ever contain, ( a finite amount) was contained in an extremely small,some say infinitely small?, "singularity". ? 2. all space/time also emerged out of the same sin... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
.... i guess i stumped ya? lol i know i'm stumped! What is space... that it could expand (grow)? This has been discussed here before. I learned that ALL space is expanding , even the space in our living rooms...and i learned that local objects, (like our solar system) are held in their relative positions by local forces. As for the Topic... the unexplained "hole" or emptier area... did that area somehow become emptier with time? I would guess it more likely that particular area never filled up as much as surrounding space? but WHY?
Comment icon #44 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
How could something operate without space and time? No one really knows. Of course I can't comprehend it. Can the physicists and cosmologists for that matter 'comprehend' it? Nope. All they can do is show that this seems to be the case. Or do they simply rationalize it with mathematics and theory (as opposed to actually, ya know, understanding the matter in the way we understand our reality). Don't be silly. Our mathematics is barely at the stage where we can even begin detecting these things, let alone actually understanding them. It may well be that we are simply not physically capable of un... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
ya, if i understand at all, it's an area of space , not a "hole" in space. pretty interesting. makes one wonder about causes for such an occurrence? It certainly is interesting. but , back to off topic on the Big Bang? for a minute please? ...do i have this right? 1. all of the energy and (soon to follow) matter that the universe will ever contain, ( a finite amount) was contained in an extremely small,some say infinitely small?, "singularity". ? Correct. 2. all space/time also emerged out of the same singularity ... but space continues to expand... so, does that mean that MORE space/time is b... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
Thanks for your informative responses aquatus, i'm thinking about them .. I just love thinking about this stuff.. i get some weird ideas (out of ignorance) but it's all so fascinating.


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