Friday, August 24, 2007

The Void

And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

Forget the alien creatures found at the bottom of the ocean - THIS is scary.

A billion light years across... of nothing. Nothing! Well, logically there should be something... but what? It's like the Nothing that destroyed Fantasia.

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