Largest Structure in Universe Discovered

What a coincidence. My last post was about the size of the universe, than I just came across this!

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.”

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe. For decades, astronomers have known that they tend to assemble in huge groups, some of which are more than 600 million light-years wide.

But the record-breaking quasar group, which Clowes and his team spotted in data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, is on another scale altogether. The newfound LQC is composed of 73 quasars and spans about 1.6 billion light-years in most directions, though it is 4 billion light-years across at its widest point.

To put that mind-boggling size into perspective, the disk of the Milky Way galaxy — home of Earth’s solar system — is about 100,000 light-years wide. And the Milky Way is separated from its nearest galactic neighbor, Andromeda, by about 2.5 million light-years.

The newly discovered LQC is so enormous, in fact, that theory predicts it shouldn’t exist, researchers said. The quasar group appears to violate a widely accepted assumption known as the cosmological principle, which holds that the universe is essentially homogeneous when viewed at a sufficiently large scale.

Calculations suggest that structures larger than about 1.2 billion light-years should not exist, researchers said.

“Our team has been looking at similar cases which add further weight to this challenge, and we will be continuing to investigate these fascinating phenomena,” Clowes said.

The new study was published today (Jan. 11) in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Courtesy of http://www.space.com

I’ve seen through the looking glass, outside the fishbowl

Cheers!
T.B.

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Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon or UFOs

Unidentified Arial Phenomenon

Here is a photograph of an Unidentified Aerial Object taken from an aircraft at 30,000 Ft.

Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon or commonly known as a UFOs. This is a photograph taken with a stereoscopic camera  of a genuine, unidentifiable flying object from an aircraft’s window at 30,000 Ft. by the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer, hired by the U.S. Air Force’s “Project Blue Book”, (from 1952 to 1969), to “explain away” UFO reports made by the public. Hynek, a scientist, was a skeptic at first and  came up with various “explanations”, i.e. swamp gas, meteors, the planet Venus for example, to ease public hysteria at the time…the old flying saucer scare of the 50′s and 60′s. After running this P.R. front, with the data he accumulated and after strict scientific scrutiny, Hynek  reversed his skepticism and came to the conclusion that about 10% of the reports were of a “high strangeness” nature, truly representing some kind of an unknown enigma coming and going in our air space at will.

Now take a close look at this object, open your mind for a minute, take this photo at face value for now. One has to think outside the box and try to understand this mysterious flying object pacing the airplane. Is it alive or some kind of craft or both or neither? I’ve been trying to figure this out for decades to no avail. I’m convinced this object is beyond our science and definitely beyond human comprehension. I don’t know if it’s coming or going in relation to the airplane. It appears to be self luminous, a very common characteristic of the phenomenon observed, like some of our deep sea bio luminous creatures many kilometers below our ocean’s surface. Or it might be some energy source inside of a body of something that might be invisible to us that’s surrounding it. Like the engine of a car with an invisible chassis. Or like the heart of a human being with an invisible body. I know I’m reaching here but I challenge anyone out there with a theory of their own. Notice the two appendages on top resembling the “nacelles” like Star Trek’s Enterprise’s nacelles. At the bottom you can see a row of lights. This object doesn’t make any sense. It is not a photo defect as some narrow minded skeptics claim. A lot of UFO reports are of a disc like nature including my own experience (see my first post). However most UAP reports are difficult to describe. The witnesses tend to “grope for words” trying to describe their experience by relating to everyday objects they can associate with like an “upside down ice cream cone”, a “large walnut”, or a car “standing on end” to an enormous “Ferris Wheel” in the sky, (description of my own experience along with others).

Isn’t this fascinating? Aren’t you curious? I’m totally awed by this enigma. I truly wish mainstream scientists would ignore the stigma attached to this “giggle factor” and take the first step to try to solve this mystery. Today’s laws of physics might not apply here. One has to think outside the box to try to understand this world wide phenomenon.

Who knows, you might be the next Einstein.

Are you listening Dr. Michio Kaku? (Mr… Colorful), with the huge ego ;)

I’ve seen through the looking glass, outside the fishbowl

Cheers!
T.B.