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August 25th, 2007

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09:30 pm - Against a dark background
An abyss in space has been discovered that is a billion light years wide: about 1,000 times the volume of what would be expected in typical cosmic gaps.

"In essence, this latest study gives us a very elegant demonstration of the existence of dark energy in a way which is very convincing," (Professor Carlos Frenk, the director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University)

“Perhaps I should not hope to convey in mere words the unutterable hideousness that can dwell in absolute silence and barren immensity“ (HP Lovecraft)

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Date:August 27th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I've been looking for an applicable metaphor ever since I first read that story about the unexpected cosmic gap. I think you've found it. Unutterable hideousness, indeed.

"If nature abhors a vacuum, then the recently-discovered cosmic nothingness must be an unutterable hideousness."

Love it.
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Date:August 28th, 2007 07:55 am (UTC)
It's hard to imagine light travelling for a billion years without illuminating anything
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Date:August 28th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about this a lot recently. I don't know much about dark energy or why it's an elegant proof, but just the thought of it... a billion light years of nothing. I don't think it's hideous, though.
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Date:August 28th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Not really, no, I don't either. I think HP Lovecraft was a bit overwrought. I like his stuff because he felt it intensely, at least.

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