Researchers discover the largest structure in the universe, and its HUGE!
Scholars have discovered a giant empty space in the universe where there are 10 billion galaxies missing. This incredible discovery could provide the first evidence for the existence of exotic physics which are absolutely unknown to modern science. The expanse is being called the “supervoid” and measures a staggering 1.8 billion light years across!
The discovery was made by a team of international astronomers who came across a super empty space of 1,800 million light years while studying a huge area of space, extremely cold and rarely empty. This region is located relatively close to our solar system, approximately 3,000 million light years away and according to scientist István Szapudi, head of the team, “This is the largest single structure ever identified by humans”. The cold spot was discovered in the super empty space about ten years ago when it stunned the scientific community, since the accepted Big Bang theory does not provide cold areas of similar dimensions. Now, this new study helps explain the ‘cold spot’ from the perspective of a giant hole in its center, which, in turn, drains the energy of the light passing through it.
“In combination of size and emptiness, our supervoid is still a very rare event. We can only expect a few supervoids this big in the observable universe.” Kovács said. It is not an empty space in the strict sense of the word, but it is a giant region, believed to be up to 20 percent more empty than other areas of the universe, where, according to the conclusions of astronomers there are around 10,000 galaxies missing.
“It just pushed the explanation one layer deeper,” said Dr Roberto Trotta, a cosmologist at Imperial College London to the guardian. “Now we have to figure out how does the void itself form. It’s still a rare event.”
“The void itself I’m not so unhappy about. It’s like the Everest of voids – there has to be one that’s bigger than the rest,” he said. “But it doesn’t explain the whole Cold Spot, which we’re still in the dark about.”
Mysteriously, beyond these scientific” explanations, it is still not possible to understand completely how this structure was formed, which has led to debates about the possibility of the exact of “exotic physics” which are unknown to modern-day science. Another reason why structures like this exist could be due to the increasing expansion of the universe, where, photons while traveling across this space reduce their speed and consequently “go cold”. Most importantly, structures like these could prove to be tangible evidence of the existence of dark energy.