Friday, August 24, 2007

N-elly in the sky with D-iamonds

Lovingly lifted from SPACE.COM

The universe has a huge hole in it that dwarfs anything else of its kind. The discovery caught astronomers by surprise.

The hole is nearly a billion light-years across. It is not a black hole, which is a small sphere of densely packed matter. Rather, this one is mostly devoid of stars, gas and other normal matter, and it's also strangely empty of the mysterious "dark matter" that permeates the cosmos. Other space voids have been found before, but nothing on this scale.

Astronomers don't know why the hole is there.

"Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size," said researcher Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota.

Sounds like these astronomer guys accidently aimed their telescopes toward North Dakota. Ever been in Western North Dakota, in the middle of the night? The two places sound very similar to me, having had to walk along a state highway there in western North Dakota one November night.

Let's name this hole in space "North Dakota".

I'm feeling irritable today, as if you couldn't tell, or did not read the title above.

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