The Bottomless Pit?

Astronomers find a hole in the universe
By SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP Science Writer Fri Aug 24, 7:45 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe.. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That's an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday.

... said Minnesota astronomy professor Lawrence Rudnick, author of the paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal. "It's not clear that we have the right word yet ... ( Could it be the bottomless pit?, :-D ) This is too much of a surprise." ... one area of the universe had radio pictures indicating there was up to 45 percent less matter in that region, Rudnick said. The rest of the matter in the radio pictures can be explained as stars and other cosmic structures between here and the void, which is about 5 to 10 billion light years away. Rudnick then checked observations of cosmic microwave background radiation and found a cold spot. The only explanation, Rudnick said, is it's empty of matter.

Retired NASA astronomer Steve Maran said of the discovery: "This is incredibly important for something where there is nothing to it."

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2 comments:

  Jade456

August 26, 2007 at 8:41 PM

Hmmm... I think they just found where the government has been sending its budget money.

  lotis

August 26, 2007 at 9:38 PM

:) Maybe they just have so much that they spend on something even how bottomless, haha,.. for the sake of mankind.