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Astronomers Puzzled By Cosmic Blank Spot  
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

I hope this is the appropriate thread for posting this article which I just found on Yahoo.news

How could there be "nothing" in the Universe?


Astronomers puzzled by cosmic blank spot

WASHINGTON - 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.

Astronomers have known for many years that there are patches in the universe where nobody's home. In fact, one such place is practically a neighbor, a mere 2 million light years away. But what the Minnesota team discovered, using two different types of astronomical observations, is a void that's far bigger than scientists ever imagined.


go to this link for the rest of the article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070824/...;_ylt=Av8c1RkFq5h.Es6mqhrJdr8PLBIF


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Looks like they found the President's brain.... Wink

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1469 times:



User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
How could there be "nothing" in the Universe?

Hate to break it to you, but that chair you are sitting in is mostly empty space. Your computer, mostly empty space. The human body, the Earth, and everything we know is mostly empty space.
We discovered more empty space...and it's newsworthy??


User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
We discovered more empty space...and it's newsworthy??

I would rather hear about these kinds of things then what celeBRATy is currently in rehab.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Someone's not been paying their bills, apparently...!  mischievous 

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1307 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Hate to break it to you, but that chair you are sitting in is mostly empty space. Your computer, mostly empty space. The human body, the Earth, and everything we know is mostly empty space.
We discovered more empty space...and it's newsworthy??

While what you say is true in layman's terms, it's not entirely true in scientific terms. There's is a difference between an empty space as you describe it, and an 'empty space' by true definition.

The truth is, other than in a humanly created true vacuum, nowhere on earth is true 'empty space'. There is always something filling it, even if it's just air. In the vacuum of space, the vast places that exist between stars and planets and comets and meteors etc. is generally accepted as being filled with the mysterious 'dark matter'; the enigma that is generally believed to be the 'glue' of the universe. What the scientists are saying in this case is that the 'nothing' that they've found is even devoid of dark matter. This could have bigger consequences on science, particularly partical physics and quantum theory, than first meets the eye. The 'nothing' that is there is in fact a much bigger deal than a lot of people will realize.


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 1286 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 6):
While what you say is true in layman's terms, it's not entirely true in scientific terms. There's is a difference between an empty space as you describe it, and an 'empty space' by true definition.

The truth is, other than in a humanly created true vacuum, nowhere on earth is true 'empty space'.

I think he may be referring to the fact that atoms are mostly empty space, and therefore anything made of atoms will also be mostly empty space. Neutron stars are perhaps the most notable exception.



Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 6):

Yes, I was referring to atoms. But I didn't think of dark matter before writing what I did.

Perhaps that is the end of the universe...where the dark matter stops?
Perhaps our universe acts like the electrons of an atom. The dark matter is always moving and we can't predict where it will be. Quantum physics on a grand scale.

Or, perhaps it is just a void. Heaven? Hell? Klingon cloaking device?


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 8):
Klingon cloaking device?

My money is on this one!!!


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