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ButterflyBlood

(12,644 posts)
Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:06 PM Jan 2013

Largest structure in universe found and it's mind-boggling

Source: MSNBC

Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.

The structure is a large quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous galactic nuclei powered by supermassive central black holes. This particular group is so large that it challenges modern cosmological theory, researchers said.

"While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe," lead author Roger Clowes, of the University of Central Lancashire in England, said in a statement. "This is hugely exciting, not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe."

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50434185/ns/technology_and_science-space/



Truly amazing.
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Largest structure in universe found and it's mind-boggling (Original Post) ButterflyBlood Jan 2013 OP
4 billion X 5.878 trillion...boggles the mind doesn't it? n/t Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #1
I thought it would be bigger. olddad56 Jan 2013 #2
LMAO... Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #3
In Texas it IS. FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #5
That's what SHE said! KittyWampus Jan 2013 #10
who? your mom olddad56 Jan 2013 #23
My Mom's dead so size doesn't matter to her anymore. KittyWampus Jan 2013 #63
Some people are NEVER satisfied! FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #11
Bigger even Plucketeer Jan 2013 #18
no, of course not that big. The only thing bigger than that is the failings of Dubya. olddad56 Jan 2013 #22
It's bigger on the inside. tclambert Jan 2013 #56
Sounds like a Congressional budget for WARS. nt valerief Jan 2013 #6
Oh lord...wouldn't the neocons love just love it? Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #7
really, they could really terrorize the world then. olddad56 Jan 2013 #24
They pretty much do that already... Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #40
As Douglas Adams said once.. sir pball Jan 2013 #15
He also said intaglio Jan 2013 #34
Don't incomprehensible and undefined pretty much mean mindboggling? n/t Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #39
Not to me.. sir pball Jan 2013 #66
Thanks for making me feel smaller than I already do..... cliffordu Jan 2013 #4
LOL! We ain't even a grain of sand on the beech anymore. RKP5637 Jan 2013 #51
This kind of sums up our present understanding.... sky imager Jan 2013 #8
Newt Gingrich's ego is bigger dlwickham Jan 2013 #9
But Rush's is bigger than Newt's. olddad56 Jan 2013 #25
Dats a bigga meataball! n/t flamingdem Jan 2013 #12
.... BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #52
If you like that you'll love this. TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #60
you're an Italian immigrant, first generation, BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #61
Thank you, thank you that the smart people are still able to do their incredible work NBachers Jan 2013 #13
How are we ever going to get it into the van??? GliderGuider Jan 2013 #14
compress it, silly olddad56 Jan 2013 #26
That, or fold it in half. Wednesdays Jan 2013 #36
All that endless energy in our universe... sadbear Jan 2013 #16
Ha, I wish. Solar is what, 2% of our energy production? Flatulo Jan 2013 #17
Oil and coal = ancient sunlight sadbear Jan 2013 #42
<Palmslap> LOL, thanks. Missed that. Flatulo Jan 2013 #43
Thank you. I needed my mind boggled a bit. Coyotl Jan 2013 #19
The universe is more bizarre and strange than we can imagine (nt) SteveG Jan 2013 #20
Is the article suggesting Jack Sprat Jan 2013 #21
white light comes out the other side. I fell into one once, I know. olddad56 Jan 2013 #27
It sucks when that happens. Wednesdays Jan 2013 #37
A black hole, according to Jack O'Neill FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 #29
I saw this structure once on acid. It looked even bigger than a measley 4 billion light years. olddad56 Jan 2013 #28
How do you get a structure like that to take acid? Wednesdays Jan 2013 #38
I just tossed it in it's big black hole. olddad56 Jan 2013 #45
My mom was a hoarder. Her house was a black hole. Nothing came out of it. Manifestor_of_Light Jan 2013 #30
Strange things happen when black holes orbit each other. That illustration is super cool! tridim Jan 2013 #31
I love astrophysics! blackspade Jan 2013 #32
How far away is it? Loudly Jan 2013 #33
I just wanna know if I should pack a lunch. BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #53
This is somewhere out beyond cool. n/t Permanut Jan 2013 #35
oh yeah, Azathoth, that's nothing new. NuttyFluffers Jan 2013 #41
The marvels of the universe aside... BadgerKid Jan 2013 #44
Cool stuff. CrispyQ Jan 2013 #46
Whoa! THIS is TRIPPY!!!! calimary Jan 2013 #59
I think it makes great background music for when I'm working. CrispyQ Jan 2013 #64
The background music just lends more to the images. calimary Jan 2013 #65
Wow! nm nc4bo Jan 2013 #62
It forces the thought that we cannot be the only life in the universe. It's almost impossible. Gregorian Jan 2013 #47
Yeah, but get over it. We live in the low rent district of the cosmos. Rozlee Jan 2013 #48
But they don't know what they're missing! We have Starbucks! Gregorian Jan 2013 #49
hey how can you assume they're that bad? BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #54
Simple. Republicans are aliens banished from a saner world.... wandy Jan 2013 #55
oh. ....yeah........ BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #58
Spam deleted by Behind the Aegis (MIR Team) jgyjadsgf Jan 2013 #50
It just seemed bigger when I used to go there as a kid. Schema Thing Jan 2013 #57

sir pball

(4,815 posts)
15. As Douglas Adams said once..
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:05 AM
Jan 2013

"Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity—distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless."

So no. It's not mindboggling to me at all..it's a mental divide by zero. Undefined.

intaglio

(8,170 posts)
34. He also said
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:39 AM
Jan 2013
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.

sir pball

(4,815 posts)
66. Not to me..
Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:14 PM
Jan 2013

My brain has to be able to wrap itself around something to be boggled...this goes beyond that, my mind is just giving it a blank look and going "oh, that's nice.."

sky imager

(36 posts)
8. This kind of sums up our present understanding....
Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:49 PM
Jan 2013

"We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it."
- Timothy Ferris

 

TheMadMonk

(6,187 posts)
60. If you like that you'll love this.
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:35 PM
Jan 2013

Emma come first and then I a come next. Then a come two asses and I a come again. Then a come two more asses and I a come again. Then a pee pee and I a come one last time.

Just WTF am I doing?

NBachers

(17,322 posts)
13. Thank you, thank you that the smart people are still able to do their incredible work
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:02 AM
Jan 2013

And may they triumph over regressive republican ignorance and superstition.

 

GliderGuider

(21,088 posts)
14. How are we ever going to get it into the van???
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:03 AM
Jan 2013

I'm waiting for them to tell us it's actually older than the universe itself.

 

Jack Sprat

(2,500 posts)
21. Is the article suggesting
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:15 AM
Jan 2013

that many black holes have united in some way to form a gigantic black hole? I have often wondered what comes out the other side of the black holes. All that energy and mass is sucked into the singularity, but what if anything comes out the other end? Science is real interesting. Wish that we could understand it all.

Wednesdays

(17,746 posts)
38. How do you get a structure like that to take acid?
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:07 AM
Jan 2013

And I'd think it would take somewhat more than a few ounces for it to have any effect .

 

Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)
30. My mom was a hoarder. Her house was a black hole. Nothing came out of it.
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:50 AM
Jan 2013

The event horizon was the city limit sign.

NuttyFluffers

(6,811 posts)
41. oh yeah, Azathoth, that's nothing new.
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:36 AM
Jan 2013

we should see if we can port the signal into radio waves, just to check out the mad pipings of forgotten outer gods who dance around Azathoth's court.

ahh, mad pipings... it's good to be the sultan.

calimary

(81,990 posts)
59. Whoa! THIS is TRIPPY!!!!
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:46 PM
Jan 2013

I'm loving it, too!

The Scale of the Universe

http://htwins.net/scale2/

THANK YOU for posting! Definitely one to bookmark!

CrispyQ

(36,790 posts)
64. I think it makes great background music for when I'm working.
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:48 PM
Jan 2013

Usually I hate any noise when I'm working, but I like this.

Glad you liked it!

calimary

(81,990 posts)
65. The background music just lends more to the images.
Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:52 PM
Jan 2013

Lifts them into a kind of eerie, mysterious transcendency. Which is what we're seeing in this animated demonstration.

Magnificent and unsettling. SO MUCH "gee whiz" in there. The News Editor used to use that at the AP in L.A. upon assigning the reporter and photo guy to go cover the Consumer Electronics Show - "...get the 'gee whiz' stuff..."

Shit, sometimes the news biz was really kinda fun!

Rozlee

(2,529 posts)
48. Yeah, but get over it. We live in the low rent district of the cosmos.
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:50 PM
Jan 2013

That's why none of the cool aliens ever come here. Just the anal prodders who like sticking it to good ol' boys in the red states.

Gregorian

(23,867 posts)
49. But they don't know what they're missing! We have Starbucks!
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:25 PM
Jan 2013

Maybe Orly Taitz is an alien. They could be living amongst us, cloaked as Republicans.

BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)
54. hey how can you assume they're that bad?
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:09 PM
Jan 2013

I always thought the aliens would have to be smarter and better. ....

They don't want to get contaminated by us, that's all.

"The Bozone Layer. Protecting the rest of the Universe from us."

wandy

(3,539 posts)
55. Simple. Republicans are aliens banished from a saner world....
Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:33 PM
Jan 2013

Aliens approaching earth might have been monitoring our radio and TV broadcasts for over a hundred years.
Nuclear bomb tests mixed in with I Love Lucie.
Carnage intermingled with Honey Bo Bo.
The republican National Convention featuring a crazy old man yelling at a chair.
They would want nothing to do with us.

"That sign post up ahead."
Avoid This Planet At All Costs."

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