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Mysterious Dark Hole in Space Discovered for 1st Time

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posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:14 PM

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ESA’s Herschel infrared space telescope has made an unexpected discovery: a dark hole in space. The hole has provided astronomers with a surprising glimpse into the end of the star-forming process. A cloud of bright reflective gas known to astronomers as NGC 1999 sits next to a black patch of sky. For most of the 20th century, such black patches have been known to be dense clouds of dust and gas that block light from passing through.

When Herschel looked in its direction to study nearby young stars, the cloud continued to look black, which should not be the case. Herschel’s infrared eyes are designed to see into such clouds. Either the cloud was immensely dense or something was very unusual.

Investigating further using ground-based telescopes to confirm the discovery, astronomers found the same phenomena: this patch looks black not because it is a dense pocket of gas but because it is truly empty. Something has blown a hole right through the cloud. “No-one has ever seen a hole like this,” says Tom Megeath, of the University of Toledo, USA. “It’s as surprising as knowing you have worms tunnelling under your lawn, but finding one morning that they have created a huge, yawning pit.”

Stars are born in dense clouds of dust and gas that can now be studied in unprecedented detail with Herschel. Although jets and winds of gas have been seen coming from young stars in the past, it has always been a mystery exactly how a star uses these to blow away its surroundings and emerge from its birth cloud. Now, for the first time, Herschel may be seeing an unexpected step in this process.

How cool is this??!!

Could this possibly be a wormhole? I have never really heard of a dark hole before so this is new to me. I had no idea they even existed before.

If it does not have any gravitational force then maybe it is the remnants of a previous black hole. Maybe this is what happens when they die.

Any thoughts?


posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:21 PM
I'm too bad in astrophysics to understand clearly the implication of this finding.. but when I read the article yesterday I tought it was cool

I love hearing thoses stories tho.. astronomy is one of my favorite subjects!

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:25 PM
This looks like a 5 minute trick with photoshop.

But if it is not ... that is the scariest/coolest thing I have ever seen.

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:26 PM
That's not a picture of the "hole", it's just a picture of a typical dust cloud.

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:36 PM
I was always guessing a black hole should have a circle form...

But the discovery is great, for what I don't know but scientists seems amazed !

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 10:13 PM
so does anyone have a picture of the hole? sorry but i'm a "show me" kind of guy.

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 10:26 PM

Originally posted by gaurdian2012
so does anyone have a picture of the hole? sorry but i'm a "show me" kind of guy.


that link has the picture " its the green blobish thing"
from what I read

edit : ment to say green at the top

[edit on 5/12/2010 by EvilBat]

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 10:45 PM
Didnt star trek do something along this idea? the next gen enterprise gets stuck in a black dead zone. then have an episode trying to get out of it?

cool none the less.

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 10:50 PM
Thats the strangest picture of space I have ever seen. The article says that its black `because theres nothing there` How can that be?

posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:21 AM
Black hole or worm hole is terminus technicus with special meaning. One of implications of black hole theory is that it is not possible to take picture of black hole simple because photons have not enough energy to escape from black hole gravity trap. May be strange but black holes are shining thanks to quantum base of our universe. Phenomenon discussed in OP article is not "black hole" or "worm hole".

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