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Cosmic Pentimento: Beyond the Great Void May be a Great Something

Shutterstock_3026600 Pentimento: the reappearance in a painting of an underlying image that had been painted over (usually when the later painting becomes transparent with age)

Earlier this year astronomers from the University of Minnesota discovered a massive void of space that measured nearly a billion light years across. It was an intriguing discovery, in a universe that is filled with seemingly infinite objects.


Cosmic gaps aren’t uncommon though, but the fact that this one was nearly 1,000 times larger than the average expected gap, suggested something different.

The team was working with sensor data retrieved by the NASA’s WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) satellite. The hole measured roughly 10,000 times as large as our galaxy or 400 times the distance to Andromeda.

What was even more fascinating was the fact that a hole this size was essentially impossible to explain under the constraints of current scientific theory.

Enter University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill physics Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton.

Mersini-Houghton has put forward a theory that has stunned the wider community. “Standard cosmology cannot explain such a giant cosmic hole.” The real kick of it though, comes next, in what is being termed a groundbreaking hypothesis; she describes the hole as “… the unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own“.

Mersini-Houghton’s theory posits that there are in fact two giant holes, one in each hemisphere of our universe. The one that has been recently discovered is in the northern hemisphere, and there should be another one in the southern, according to her theory.

What’s more, with more data and information coming in, her theory can be refuted or confirmed.

Whether she is on the right track, we are yet to see. But this is a track that, apparently, will have at least an end – where we find that she is incorrect – or will see us be tripped on to a new track, of new thinking and understanding.

Posted by Josh Hill.

Related Galaxy posts:

Plenty of Room to Stretch -The Universe's "Great Void"

Links:

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/10/plenty-of-room-.html
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/08/university-of-m.html
http://www.paternitytestinglabs.com/evidence-for-a-parallel-universe/

Comments

Sounds like the 'nothingness' in "The Never Ending Story"

Black Holes......... White holes.......... New universes?
Tao, Te

Is it possible that this is the center of the universe? I know current theories rule out a "great void" being at the center, but what if? This already poses a serious challenge to cosmologists...

Hi
This Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton IS 100% Right in saying that another giant hole in the south will be found ive seen them both and they both look like bee hives,I can provide all the proof but not to any tom dick or harry only to those who have plenty of knowledge on astronomy, I have not gained this knowledge by looking through a telescope either.Beware of 30/09/20010

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