Friday, August 24, 2007

Astronomers Puzzled by Cosmic Black Hole

OK, so the title is rather misleading because this isn't a "Black Hole", but rather a void in the universe.

Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there. 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.

As an experimentalist, I love it when we discover unexpected or new observations. So this is really something right up my alley. :)

Of course, I could make some dumb jokes about this void being the possible origin of dark matter, but I won't. :)


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