Saturday, August 25, 2007

Massive Cosmic Dead Zone Shocks Experts

Scientists studying outer space with the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope were surprised recently to discover a region of nothingness -- a “huge hole” -- that's 1 billion light years across, reports Space.com.

We’re not talking a black hole here. A black hole is something, okay? It’s a super-dense object with such tremendous gravity that light can’t escape it. But what scientists found with the VLA is just a big void. There’s nothing there, and “astronomers don’t know why.”

Said one expert, “What we've found is not normal, based on either observational studies or on computer simulations of the large-scale evolution of the universe.”

In the newly discovered, mysterious void, which is located in the constellation Eridanus, there’s no gas, no dust, not even dark matter.

What could it be? Is something interfering with our telescope? Is it a natural phenomena, or something more menacing? Hollywood, I’m sure you’re already on top of this one. I started writing a script, but I’m shelving it for now.

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