# 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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#### Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)#### FailureToCommunicate

(14,086 posts)#### KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)#### FiveGoodMen

(20,018 posts)#### Plucketeer

(12,882 posts)than the FAILINGS of our current GOP-controlled congrewss???

#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### tclambert

(11,089 posts)#### valerief

(53,235 posts)#### Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)only the Chinese appear to be unafraid.

#### sir pball

(4,815 posts)"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)#### Sekhmets Daughter

(7,515 posts)#### sir pball

(4,815 posts)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.."

#### cliffordu

(30,994 posts)#### RKP5637

(67,112 posts)#### sky imager

(36 posts)"We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it."

- Timothy Ferris

#### dlwickham

(3,316 posts)#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### flamingdem

(39,375 posts)#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeheeee!

#### TheMadMonk

(6,187 posts)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?

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)Spelling Mississippi. Of course!

#### NBachers

(17,322 posts)And may they triumph over regressive republican ignorance and superstition.

#### GliderGuider

(21,088 posts)I'm waiting for them to tell us it's actually older than the universe itself.

#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Wednesdays

(17,746 posts)#### sadbear

(4,340 posts)and we're stuck with ancient sunlight and splitting atoms.

#### Flatulo

(5,005 posts)#### sadbear

(4,340 posts)#### Flatulo

(5,005 posts)#### Coyotl

(15,262 posts)#### SteveG

(3,109 posts)nt

#### Jack Sprat

(2,500 posts)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.

#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Wednesdays

(17,746 posts)#### FleetwoodMac

(351 posts)#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Wednesdays

(17,746 posts)And I'd think it would take somewhat more than a few ounces for it to have any effect .

#### olddad56

(5,732 posts)#### Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)The event horizon was the city limit sign.

#### tridim

(45,358 posts)#### blackspade

(10,056 posts)#### Loudly

(2,436 posts)Once I know that, I can get a sense of how long ago it was going on.

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)#### Permanut

(5,873 posts)#### NuttyFluffers

(6,811 posts)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.

#### BadgerKid

(4,569 posts)I wonder how hyped up this is in order to wrestle some more funding.

#### CrispyQ

(36,790 posts)Love this too:

The Scale of the Universe

http://htwins.net/scale2/

#### calimary

(81,990 posts)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)Usually I hate any noise when I'm working, but I like this.

Glad you liked it!

#### calimary

(81,990 posts)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!

#### Gregorian

(23,867 posts)#### Rozlee

(2,529 posts)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)Maybe Orly Taitz is an alien. They could be living amongst us, cloaked as Republicans.

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)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)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."**

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)That makes sense.

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