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(Newser)   Scientists have found a structure so large that it undermines their understanding of the universe   ( newser.com) divider line
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2013-01-11 06:16:06 PM  
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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 08:07:11 PM  
2 votes:
"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 07:41:48 PM  
2 votes:

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:


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 07:10:11 PM  
2 votes:

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"
2013-01-12 04:54:46 AM  
1 vote:

moviemarketing: So this thing takes up 1/3 the diameter of the entire known universe and we only discovered it now?

The Universe is 13BLY old. It is not 13BLY in diameter. It's probably closer to 90.
2013-01-11 09:18:12 PM  
1 vote:
The dimension of which is in the precise ratio of 1 : 4 : 9.
2013-01-11 08:25:45 PM  
1 vote:
So here's a thought: Is this going to end up effecting theories on dark matter/dark energy? That's gotta be a hell of a lot of mass out there that we didn't know about before, and might there not be more of these out there for us to find?
2013-01-11 08:01:50 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:40:25 PM  
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2013-01-11 07:01:59 PM  
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Lt. Cheese Weasel: Rosanne Barrs Fupa?

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2013-01-11 06:12:17 PM  
1 vote:
So how the fark did this go unnoticed for so long?
2013-01-11 05:16:11 PM  
1 vote:
Your mom.
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