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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:06 PM

Largest structure in universe found — and it's mind-boggling

Source: MSNBC

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."

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50434185/ns/technology_and_science-space/



Truly amazing.

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Reply Largest structure in universe found — and it's mind-boggling (Original post)
ButterflyBlood Jan 2013 OP
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #1
olddad56 Jan 2013 #2
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #3
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #5
KittyWampus Jan 2013 #10
olddad56 Jan 2013 #23
KittyWampus Jan 2013 #63
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #11
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #18
olddad56 Jan 2013 #22
tclambert Jan 2013 #56
valerief Jan 2013 #6
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #7
olddad56 Jan 2013 #24
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #40
sir pball Jan 2013 #15
intaglio Jan 2013 #34
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #39
sir pball Jan 2013 #66
cliffordu Jan 2013 #4
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #51
sky imager Jan 2013 #8
dlwickham Jan 2013 #9
olddad56 Jan 2013 #25
flamingdem Jan 2013 #12
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #52
TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #60
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #61
NBachers Jan 2013 #13
GliderGuider Jan 2013 #14
olddad56 Jan 2013 #26
Wednesdays Jan 2013 #36
sadbear Jan 2013 #16
Flatulo Jan 2013 #17
sadbear Jan 2013 #42
Flatulo Jan 2013 #43
Coyotl Jan 2013 #19
SteveG Jan 2013 #20
Jack Sprat Jan 2013 #21
olddad56 Jan 2013 #27
Wednesdays Jan 2013 #37
FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 #29
olddad56 Jan 2013 #28
Wednesdays Jan 2013 #38
olddad56 Jan 2013 #45
Manifestor_of_Light Jan 2013 #30
tridim Jan 2013 #31
blackspade Jan 2013 #32
Loudly Jan 2013 #33
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #53
Permanut Jan 2013 #35
NuttyFluffers Jan 2013 #41
BadgerKid Jan 2013 #44
CrispyQ Jan 2013 #46
calimary Jan 2013 #59
CrispyQ Jan 2013 #64
calimary Jan 2013 #65
nc4bo Jan 2013 #62
Gregorian Jan 2013 #47
Rozlee Jan 2013 #48
Gregorian Jan 2013 #49
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #54
wandy Jan 2013 #55
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #58
jgyjadsgf Jan 2013 #50
Schema Thing Jan 2013 #57

Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:17 PM

1. 4 billion X 5.878 trillion...boggles the mind doesn't it? n/t

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:21 PM

2. I thought it would be bigger.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:23 PM

3. LMAO...

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:42 PM

5. In Texas it IS.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:50 PM

10. That's what SHE said!

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:30 AM

23. who? your mom

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #23)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:44 AM

63. My Mom's dead so size doesn't matter to her anymore.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:53 PM

11. Some people are NEVER satisfied!

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:28 PM

18. Bigger even

than the FAILINGS of our current GOP-controlled congrewss???

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:29 AM

22. no, of course not that big. The only thing bigger than that is the failings of Dubya.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:23 PM

56. It's bigger on the inside.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:43 PM

6. Sounds like a Congressional budget for WARS. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:44 PM

7. Oh lord...wouldn't the neocons love just love it?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:35 AM

24. really, they could really terrorize the world then.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #24)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:23 AM

40. They pretty much do that already...

only the Chinese appear to be unafraid.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:05 PM

15. As Douglas Adams said once..

"Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity—distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless."

So no. It's not mindboggling to me at all..it's a mental divide by zero. Undefined.

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Response to sir pball (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:39 AM

34. He also said

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly 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.

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Response to sir pball (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:18 AM

39. Don't incomprehensible and undefined pretty much mean mindboggling? n/t

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #39)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:14 AM

66. Not to me..

My brain has to be able to wrap itself around something to be boggled...this goes beyond that, my mind is just giving it a blank look and going "oh, that's nice.."

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:39 PM

4. Thanks for making me feel smaller than I already do.....

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:36 PM

51. LOL! We ain't even a grain of sand on the beech anymore.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:49 PM

8. This kind of sums up our present understanding....

"We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it."
- Timothy Ferris

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:49 PM

9. Newt Gingrich's ego is bigger

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:36 AM

25. But Rush's is bigger than Newt's.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:54 PM

12. Dats a bigga meataball! n/t

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:58 PM

52. ....




Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeheeee!

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #52)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:35 PM

60. If you like that you'll love this.

 

Emma come first and then I a come next. Then a come two asses and I a come again. Then a come two more asses and I a come again. Then a pee pee and I a come one last time.

Just WTF am I doing?

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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #60)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:42 PM

61. you're an Italian immigrant, first generation,

Spelling Mississippi. Of course!

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:02 PM

13. Thank you, thank you that the smart people are still able to do their incredible work

And may they triumph over regressive republican ignorance and superstition.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:03 PM

14. How are we ever going to get it into the van???

I'm waiting for them to tell us it's actually older than the universe itself.

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:37 AM

26. compress it, silly

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #26)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:01 AM

36. That, or fold it in half.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:20 PM

16. All that endless energy in our universe...

and we're stuck with ancient sunlight and splitting atoms.



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Response to sadbear (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:23 PM

17. Ha, I wish. Solar is what, 2% of our energy production?

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Response to Flatulo (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:57 AM

42. Oil and coal = ancient sunlight

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Response to sadbear (Reply #42)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:07 AM

43. <Palmslap> LOL, thanks. Missed that.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:29 PM

19. Thank you. I needed my mind boggled a bit.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:45 PM

20. The universe is more bizarre and strange than we can imagine (nt)

nt

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:15 AM

21. Is the article suggesting

 

that many black holes have united in some way to form a gigantic black hole? I have often wondered what comes out the other side of the black holes. All that energy and mass is sucked into the singularity, but what if anything comes out the other end? Science is real interesting. Wish that we could understand it all.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:38 AM

27. white light comes out the other side. I fell into one once, I know.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:04 AM

37. It sucks when that happens.

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Response to Jack Sprat (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:46 AM

29. A black hole, according to Jack O'Neill

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:41 AM

28. I saw this structure once on acid. It looked even bigger than a measley 4 billion light years.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #28)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:07 AM

38. How do you get a structure like that to take acid?

And I'd think it would take somewhat more than a few ounces for it to have any effect .

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #38)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:24 AM

45. I just tossed it in it's big black hole.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:50 AM

30. My mom was a hoarder. Her house was a black hole. Nothing came out of it.

The event horizon was the city limit sign.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:11 AM

31. Strange things happen when black holes orbit each other. That illustration is super cool!

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:16 AM

32. I love astrophysics!

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:33 AM

33. How far away is it?

 

Once I know that, I can get a sense of how long ago it was going on.

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Response to Loudly (Reply #33)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:03 PM

53. I just wanna know if I should pack a lunch.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:00 AM

35. This is somewhere out beyond cool. n/t

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:36 AM

41. oh yeah, Azathoth, that's nothing new.

we should see if we can port the signal into radio waves, just to check out the mad pipings of forgotten outer gods who dance around Azathoth's court.

ahh, mad pipings... it's good to be the sultan.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:15 AM

44. The marvels of the universe aside...

I wonder how hyped up this is in order to wrestle some more funding.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:21 PM

46. Cool stuff.

Love this too:

The Scale of the Universe

http://htwins.net/scale2/

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #46)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:46 PM

59. Whoa! THIS is TRIPPY!!!!

I'm loving it, too!

The Scale of the Universe

http://htwins.net/scale2/

THANK YOU for posting! Definitely one to bookmark!

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Response to calimary (Reply #59)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:48 AM

64. I think it makes great background music for when I'm working.

Usually I hate any noise when I'm working, but I like this.

Glad you liked it!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #64)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:52 PM

65. The background music just lends more to the images.

Lifts them into a kind of eerie, mysterious transcendency. Which is what we're seeing in this animated demonstration.

Magnificent and unsettling. SO MUCH "gee whiz" in there. The News Editor used to use that at the AP in L.A. upon assigning the reporter and photo guy to go cover the Consumer Electronics Show - "...get the 'gee whiz' stuff..."

Shit, sometimes the news biz was really kinda fun!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #46)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:55 PM

62. Wow! nm

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:04 PM

47. It forces the thought that we cannot be the only life in the universe. It's almost impossible.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #47)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:50 PM

48. Yeah, but get over it. We live in the low rent district of the cosmos.

That's why none of the cool aliens ever come here. Just the anal prodders who like sticking it to good ol' boys in the red states.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #48)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:25 PM

49. But they don't know what they're missing! We have Starbucks!

Maybe Orly Taitz is an alien. They could be living amongst us, cloaked as Republicans.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #49)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:09 PM

54. hey how can you assume they're that bad?

I always thought the aliens would have to be smarter and better. ....

They don't want to get contaminated by us, that's all.

"The Bozone Layer. Protecting the rest of the Universe from us."

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #54)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:33 PM

55. Simple. Republicans are aliens banished from a saner world....

Aliens approaching earth might have been monitoring our radio and TV broadcasts for over a hundred years.
Nuclear bomb tests mixed in with I Love Lucie.
Carnage intermingled with Honey Bo Bo.
The republican National Convention featuring a crazy old man yelling at a chair.
They would want nothing to do with us.

"That sign post up ahead."
Avoid This Planet At All Costs."

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Response to wandy (Reply #55)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:20 PM

58. oh. ....yeah........

That makes sense.





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Response to ButterflyBlood (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:28 PM

57. It just seemed bigger when I used to go there as a kid.

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