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The apparent development of a large void of some billion light-years in diameter in the Constellation Eridanus appears to be improbable given current cosmological models. A radical and controversial theory proposes that it is a "universe-in-mass black hole" rather than hypothetical dark matter responsible for the phenomenon described as the expanding-accelerating universe. This radical theory of cosmology suggests that stars at the edge of the Hubble length universe are being consumed by a universe-in-mass black hole.
In August of 2007, astronomers at the University of Minnesota located a gigantic hole in the universe. This empty space, stretching nearly a billion light-years across, is devoid of any matter such as galaxies, stars, and gas, and neither does it contain the strange and mysterious dark matter, which can be detected but not seen.
Empty places in the universe are not uncommon. It is already known that matter tends to clump and form stars and galaxies, clusters and superclusters, due to the pulling force of gravity. So astronomers have already seen places in the universe where there are groups of matter and places where matter is more scarce. But this new discovery is much larger than any previously known "hole".
“Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size,” explains Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota. Rudnick was one of the researchers to find the hole.
Originally posted by nunya13
Here's the image posted. Is it the one they are talking about?
Anyway, what an interesting discovery!! I love to hear about stuff like this. We are constantly finding out new and interesting things about the universe we live in, some are mind boggling.
Good thread, OP!
Originally posted by digdeep
You could hypothesise from this that if the visible universe is being drawn into a universe mass black hole then the big bang could be the point where one of these black holes reached a tipping point and went 'supernova' on an enormous scale. If these were found to exist it could completely alter our perception of where the universe came from. Our universe could simply be a tiny space within an even bigger universe, nestled among a few of these super black holes.
The physics governing these could be even more exciting than quantum physics. They may just hold the key to a unified theory.
Given that each one, if it were to explode, would do so differently to another, then one could assume that the recently proffered idea of a multiverse would be to some extent proven. The difference being tha the universes found within it would in fact be spaces within and the sum of these parts would be the universe.
I hope to god you re still with me!
Originally posted by Slih_09
But can you even imagine something that big? A BILLION light years wide black hole. I'd like to name it "The End".