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Found: A Hole in the Universe

Updated on August 7, 2012

The Universe and the Big Bang

How are the Holes Formed?
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Before scientists have found small areas in the universe that seem to be absent of stars, planets, gases or even dark matter. These though, have not been big in terms of the size of the universe.

These previously found “holes” have been found by use of a map showing Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). These maps were made by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP). This is able to map space because photons, when moving through normal space, gain a small amount of energy as they pass through matter, even dark matter. When photons pass through a void they lose energy.


According to Lawrence Rudnick, a researcher with the University of Minnesota, a new finding will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

This finding is of a huge hole measuring nearly a billion light years across, situated perhaps 6 to 10 billion light years from Earth.

This find was found by use of the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope funded by the National Science Foundation.

Rudnick says though that this find still needs to be independently confirmed.

The void was found in the area of space known as the constellation Eridanus, which was already thought to have a less density of Galaxies, as it showed as a “cold spot” on the WMAP map but had not, till now, been considered to have a void, certainly not one this size anyway.

Big Bang

The CMP measures radiation left supposedly from the Big Bang and can therefore even measure that imprint left by dark matter. These voids though are devoid of any reading.

How can this be?

Is there an area of space, NOT influenced by the big bang?

Surely this flies in the face of the scientist’s big bang theory.

If there is an area of space, close to a billion light years across, that we know nothing about, what else, perhaps closer, is there that we know nothing about?

Scientists already admit that they know very little about Black Holes and Dark Matter but they say these voids are neither of these.

It is just recently that they learned of the existence of rogue planets and now this.

Truly we are learning just how little we know about the Universe in which we live. Yet we still try to study planets that exist in other solar systems, in the hope one day we will be able to reach them.

Our first probe is only now beginning to leave our solar system, the first contact we will have had with real outer space.

Perhaps our scientists and Governments should spend more time and money learning about the Universe before they spend good resources on, as yet fantasies, of inter- stellar travel.


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    • Window Pain profile image

      Window Pain 

      5 years ago

      The distance to this void is incredible. If the Andromeda Galaxy is 2.2 million light years away, then 6 billion is a distance which is inconceivable. When you consider a radius of 6 billion light years, how much space does that enclose? You can't expect 'everything' to ever be discovered, let alone with our primitive technology.

      I wonder about the future, a thousand years from now, when children in Grade 5 will laugh when the teacher tells them the ridiculous things we believed, the same way we as children laughed at people 1,000 years ago believing they could sail off the edge of the Earth and be eaten by monsters. Even though it was accepted as 'fact' by every known authority.

    • Druid Dude profile image

      Druid Dude 

      5 years ago from West Coast

      Space...The final frontier...Shades of Star Trek!

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      5 years ago

      Haha. A Universal universal value. Maybe!

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I like that the government spends money discovering what the Universe is like. It reminds me of Columbus discovering our side of the world. Though I am uncertain that human nature has changed because of it. This does raise an interesting question; if life exists in other places, is there a Universe Universal value such as compassion? Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      WHAT? A hole in the universe? I'm not even sure our language can describe what that is actually saying. Very interesting and voted up!

    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      Very interesting. I believe all scientists are just guessing at everything when it comes to the universe. They just don't know and as long as we're here on earth looking up we will never know for sure what is out there. Voted up on your hub.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Yeah, so much is out there, the mystery remains. Interesting hub, thanks.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Thought provoking for sure, while I think dark matter is pretty cool, discrediting string theory, as it does. And althought I'm no physicist, I think that MOND, or Modified Newtonian Dynamics, has some plausibility. Simply put, as you move away from an object, gravity moves as the inverse square, MOND says at some very distant point it stops doing that and becomes constant no matter the distance. MOND helps describe the few anomolies we have, e.g. Voyager not being in the right place. Galaxy spin fits MOND, too.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      It 's not as if earth had no secrets to them anymore to be attracted intellectually by the universe! How much do they know about the interdependence between the earth's land with its oceans, with its electromagnetic field... As if we didn't have enough problems to solve on earth!

    • rafken profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      maxoxam- I think the thing is that they cannot detect any sign of gravity. Dark matter is said to be there because they can detect a source of gravity and black holes of course have immense gravity. These"voids" are void of any signs of gravity what so ever. Now I don't know as to whether there are such things as anti gravity particles and these balance out the effect of anything else that is there. The point is: they really have no idea as what exactly IS out there.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Since your text calls for reflection, I doubt that the big bang covered the universe since the universe appears infinite and therefore scientists can't use it as a point of reference in its history and evolution. Stars die everyday, planets explose(d) it did, doesn't affect our planet.

      I'm wondering how scientists can be certain that those voids are neither dark matter nor black holes since they barely know them? Aren't those black holes dark matter since they both use their gravitational power to eliminate what exists around them?

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      Insane Mundane 

      5 years ago from Earth

      It's like a little kid getting lost in a big library; oh, but ain't it grand... :D


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