Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hath The Lair of the Old Ones Been Found?

"The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. "*** "Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread."

H.P. Lovecraft, Quoting from the Necronomicon in The Dunwich Horror

(Aug. 24) - Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe which has no stray stars, no galaxies, no black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years of nothing - a giant expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness. Holes in the universe probably occur when the gravity from areas with bigger mass pull matter from less dense areas - after 13 billion years.


Chris Perridas said...

(Aug. 24, 2007) - Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That's a giant expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday.

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NASA / AP Galaxies in deep space are captured in a photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2005. Scientists announced Thursday that they found a void in the universe that's far bigger than they ever imagined.
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Astronomers have known for many years that there are patches in the universe where nobody's home. In fact, one such place is practically a neighbor, a mere 2 million light years away. But what the Minnesota team discovered, using two different types of astronomical observations, is a void that's far bigger than scientists ever imagined.

"This is 1,000 times the volume of what we sort of expected to see in terms of a typical void," said Minnesota astronomy professor Lawrence Rudnick, author of the paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal. "It's not clear that we have the right word yet ... This is too much of a surprise."

Rudnick was examining a sky survey from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which essentially takes radio pictures of a broad expanse of the universe. But one area of the universe had radio pictures indicating there was up to 45 percent less matter in that region, Rudnick said.

The rest of the matter in the radio pictures can be explained as stars and other cosmic structures between here and the void, which is about 5 to 10 billion light years away.

Rudnick then checked observations of cosmic microwave background radiation and found a cold spot. The only explanation, Rudnick said, is it's empty of matter.

It could also be a statistical freak of nature, but that's probably less likely than a giant void, said James Condon, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He wasn't part of Rudnick's team but is following up on the research.

"It looks like something to be taken seriously," said Brent Tully, a University of Hawaii astronomer who wasn't part of this research but studies the void closer to Earth.

Tully said astronomers may eventually find a few cosmic structures in the void, but it would still be nearly empty.

Holes in the universe probably occur when the gravity from areas with bigger mass pull matter from less dense areas, Tully said. After 13 billion years "they are losing out in the battle to where there are larger concentrations of matter," he said.

Retired NASA astronomer Steve Maran said of the discovery: "This is incredibly important for something where there is nothing to it."

Daniel J. Gall said...

So, since the matter from that particular part of the universe was sucked, at one time or another, into another part - does that mean the Old Ones reside inside the void - "at the centre of infinity", if you will - or are they the ones who do the sucking part?

Chris Perridas said...

Ah, Daniel, that is the question. If only Mr. Lovecraft could send us a word on the matter.

In the meantime, maybe some of our regualr visitors will speculate on this.

John Rowlands said...

These scientific ponders by great writers are exciting to discuss. We know Lovecraft position but it is Poe's "Eureka" where he seems to adopt a strictly relational view of motion, thus the universe. For example, although he contends that all the particles are attracted back to a central point of origin, he is careful to explain that the attraction is not really to the abstract point of space, but between the particles. It just so happens that each particle, wherever it resides, sees more of its fellow particles in the direction of the center, so all move in that direction. As Poe says

"Nothing like location was conceived as their origin. Their source lies in the principle, Unity. This is their lost parent. This they seek always - immediately - in all directions - wherever it is even partially to be found; thus appeasing, in some measure, the ineradicable tendency, while on the way to its absolute satisfaction in the end."

Daniel and Chris, sit back, relax and look above. Smile you are one of the particles!!


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