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(Newser)   Scientists have found a structure so large that it undermines their understanding of the universe   (newser.com) divider line 102
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2013-01-11 05:16:11 PM
Your mom.
 
2013-01-11 05:20:30 PM
Came for your mom, leaving satisfied (as usual)
 
2013-01-11 05:25:35 PM
Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?
 
2013-01-11 05:27:44 PM

Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?


the largest before this was ONLY 600 million LY across. so now they have one 4 billion LY across

HOLY farkING BIG Quasar Group would have been a start
 
2013-01-11 05:27:55 PM

Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?


I woulda named it "Sheila."

"Sheila" is a nice name.
 
2013-01-11 05:42:05 PM

Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?


Modern astronomers don't really come up with good names anymore.  I blame Messier, who identified objects in the sky and numbered them in the order he observed them.  Not very creative:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Messier_objects
 
2013-01-11 05:47:55 PM

Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?


They probably are covering their bases in case they find one bigger, e.g. "The Hubble really really ultra super deep field, this time we mean it."

/Can't wait to see what the Webb telescope finds.
 
2013-01-11 05:57:20 PM
Large Quasar Group is a great name for a Prog Rock band.
 
2013-01-11 06:05:13 PM

impaler: Your mom.


Done in one.
 
2013-01-11 06:06:57 PM

SurfaceTension: impaler: Your mom.

Done in one.


Only surprise is that it wasn't in the headline
 
2013-01-11 06:07:16 PM
That artist impression sucks
 
2013-01-11 06:12:17 PM
So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?
 
2013-01-11 06:12:59 PM
Hence, science is all washed up and creationism is true. CHECKMATE, ATHEISTS.
 
2013-01-11 06:15:10 PM

poonesfarm: Hence, science is all washed up and creationism is true. CHECKMATE, ATHEISTS.


Exactly.  God just installed a new 3,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watt bulb in heaven.
 
2013-01-11 06:16:06 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?


Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...
 
2013-01-11 06:18:57 PM

poonesfarm: AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...


I figured that when we scanned space before, the LQG had turned on its side and was hidden behind a moon.
 
2013-01-11 06:29:58 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?


It was standing behind us the whole time...
 
2013-01-11 06:33:51 PM
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Rosanne Barrs Fupa?
 
2013-01-11 06:44:56 PM
The "cosmological principle" ?

Did they kill the real science reporters? What the fark?
 
2013-01-11 06:45:05 PM

poonesfarm: Hence, science is all washed up and creationism is true. CHECKMATE, ATHEISTS.

ATHIESTS

ftfy (remember: athy, athier, athiest)

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com image 825x628]
Rosanne Barrs Fupa?


You go to hell!  You go to hell and you die!
 
2013-01-11 06:53:25 PM

Lsherm: I blame Messier


He was surprisingly neat about it.
 
2013-01-11 07:01:59 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Rosanne Barrs Fupa?


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-01-11 07:10:11 PM

Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?


They follow the Leonard of Quirm method of naming. It is that someone already invented the telescope, otherwise that would be the "looking-at-far-away-objects-as-if-they-are-closer-by-tube"
 
2013-01-11 07:13:23 PM
Sorry, I'll zip back up.
 
2013-01-11 07:15:24 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?


Quasars are so far away that they don't exist anymore.  We only see them 10b+ LY away which means they died out long ago.
 
2013-01-11 07:18:35 PM
Adele has been around for awhile now, in fact too long
 
2013-01-11 07:22:13 PM
Yes, many people have been examining my penis for ages, now....
 
2013-01-11 07:28:25 PM

poonesfarm: Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...


Nice. Well done.
 
2013-01-11 07:28:55 PM

impaler: Your mom.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-11 07:35:57 PM
The LQG formerly known as Prince's Ego.
 
2013-01-11 07:38:05 PM
So what does this mean for The End of Greatness?
 
2013-01-11 07:38:39 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?


It was hiding behind the milk
 
2013-01-11 07:40:25 PM
img.phombo.com
 
2013-01-11 07:41:48 PM

Lsherm: Huck Chaser: Known as a "large quasar group" (LQG)

That's really the best they could come up with?

Modern astronomers don't really come up with good names anymore.  I blame Messier, who identified objects in the sky and numbered them in the order he observed them.  Not very creative:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Messier_objects


To be fair to Messier, he was a comet hunter. He numbered the objects because they weren't comets. They were more of an annoyance to him.
 
2013-01-11 07:45:29 PM
FTFA It's a collection of quasars that measures a difficult-to-imagine 4 billion light-years across, Space.com reports. To put that in perspective, the entire Milky Way is about 100,000 light-years wide.

Ummm, let me try.

To put that in perspective, the distance to the edge of the observable universe is about 12 billion light-years.
 
2013-01-11 07:45:37 PM

poonesfarm: AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...


The Total Perspective Vortex is allegedly the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected.

When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."

Located on Frogstar World B, the machine was originally invented by one Trin Tragula in order to annoy his wife. Because she was forever nagging him for having no sense of proportion, he decided to invent something that would show her what having a sense of proportion really meant. Unfortunately the shock of being placed in the Vortex destroyed her brain, but Trin Tragula's grief was tempered by the knowledge that he had been right and she had been wrong. In Adams's words, the Total Perspective Vortex illustrated that "In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."
 
2013-01-11 07:47:49 PM

poonesfarm: AdolfOliverPanties: So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen...


I see you've been thrust into the Total Perspective Vortex, too.
 
2013-01-11 07:54:48 PM
I know! I know! It is the fat chick from Wilson Phillips, right?

/or possibly Rosie O'Donnell
 
2013-01-11 07:56:58 PM

The Mulatto Maker: [img.phombo.com image 800x554]


I recently saw someone refer to the Mars Science Laboratory as an 'atomic powered interplanetary science tank', and my first thought was, "JPL needs to step up their naming game."
 
2013-01-11 07:57:04 PM
img.photobucket.com

Let's go and check it out.
 
2013-01-11 08:01:50 PM
I don't exactly understand how this is any less isomorphic than any other large scale structure. Sure, it's big, but isn't that just a matter of perspective? If the universe is truly infinite in spatial dimensions, shouldn't these sort of things be not exactly uncommon? Then again, before this wasn't the largest "structure" one of the voids between filament groups?
 
2013-01-11 08:06:15 PM

Kredal: Came for your mom, leaving satisfied (as usual)


thats what she said.
 
2013-01-11 08:07:11 PM
"LQGs are often gigantic-previous examples have clocked in at more than 600 million light-years across-but this new discovery is literally impossibly large"

I literally dropped dead reading that.
 
2013-01-11 08:07:18 PM

Huck Chaser: That's really the best they could come up with?


Hey, physics does name some things in cool ways!

Like the "Oh My God Particle" (No relation to the Higgs Boson), a cosmic ray that was observed hitting the earth's atmosphere with the kinetic energy of a 60mph fast ball.

A *SINGLE PROTON* with the kinetic energy of a 60mph fast ball. It was traveling at 0.9999999999999999999999951 the speed of light. It was the first ultra-high-energy cosmic ray ever recorded. (There's a lot of them, they'd just never been recorded before now).
 
2013-01-11 08:13:14 PM

Felgraf: Huck Chaser: That's really the best they could come up with?

Hey, physics does name some things in cool ways!

Like the "Oh My God Particle" (No relation to the Higgs Boson), a cosmic ray that was observed hitting the earth's atmosphere with the kinetic energy of a 60mph fast ball.

A *SINGLE PROTON* with the kinetic energy of a 60mph fast ball. It was traveling at 0.9999999999999999999999951 the speed of light. It was the first ultra-high-energy cosmic ray ever recorded. (There's a lot of them, they'd just never been recorded before now).


They even invented a new force until for that: the Moyer.
 
2013-01-11 08:14:19 PM

OhioKnight: FTFA It's a collection of quasars that measures a difficult-to-imagine 4 billion light-years across, Space.com reports. To put that in perspective, the entire Milky Way is about 100,000 light-years wide.

Ummm, let me try.

To put that in perspective, the distance to the edge of the observable universe is about 12 billion light-years.


That's what is completely blowing my mind. I get that it's 3-dimensional space so you really can't say "30% OF THE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE" but still, holy blap.
 
2013-01-11 08:14:43 PM
These guys have obviously never seen my mother-in-law's ass.
 
2013-01-11 08:18:11 PM
I thought "structure" referred to something that was constructed, not just formed by nature. I was hoping they'd found a black monolith. I am dissapoint.
 
2013-01-11 08:19:00 PM
I'm going to do something really stupid. I'm going to say this:

You know an even larger structure than that quasar group? The universe. Gravity is ostensibly infinite, even if it attenuates to a degree that its effect cannot overcome inertia, which means that all objects are tied to some degree, that all are part of one 'structure.'

Now, between science journalism and my lame man's (it's a pun on layman, see?) understanding of physics, maybe there are additional criteria that go into defining distinct structures within the universe. And it is still a rather I Interesting thing to find and study. It was just that the distinction of a 'structure' seemed somewhat of a misnomer.
 
2013-01-11 08:19:25 PM

doglover: The "cosmological principle" ?

Did they kill the real science reporters? What the fark?


Cosmological Principle
 
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