Monday, November 05, 2007

Big Chunk Of The Universe Is Missing -- Again

Ok, who keeps stealing the universe? Empty your pockets people.

Not only has a large chunk of the universe thought to have been found in 2002 apparently gone missing again but it is taking some friends with it, according to new research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Notice how the universe never invites Earth along on these mysterious vacations? That's because no one wants to deal with this fucked up world.

The new calculations might leave the mass of the universe as much as ten to 20 percent lighter than previously calculated.

So when a piece of the universe goes missing what does it leave? An empty void of nothingness? Does the universe shrink in on itself? If so, that means the universe is not infinite, otherwise a piece of it wouldn't go missing. So if the universe isn't infinite what's at the end? A wall? And where does a piece of the universe go? If it disppears it has to go somewhere right? Does it just dissipate into nothingness? An old-universe nursing home? This is the kind of shit that keeps me up at night.

The same UAH group that found what was theorized to be a significant fraction of the "missing mass" that binds together the universe has discovered that some x-rays thought to come from intergalactic clouds of "warm" gas are instead probably caused by lightweight electrons.


If the source of so much x-ray energy is tiny electrons instead of hefty atoms, it is as if billions of lights thought to come from billions of aircraft carriers were found instead to come from billions of extremely bright fireflies.


"This means the mass of these x-ray emitting clouds is much less than we initially thought it was," said Dr. Max Bonamente, an assistant professor inUAH's Physics Department. "A significant portion of what we thought was missing mass turns out to be these 'relativistic' electrons."Traveling at almost the speed of light (and therefore "relativistic"), these feather weight electrons collide with photons from the cosmic microwave background. Energy from the collisions converts the photons from low-energy microwaves to high-energy x-rays.


"The discovery was made while trying to analyze the makeup of warm, x-ray emitting gas at the center of galaxy clusters - the largest cosmological structures in the universe. In 2002 the UAH team reported finding large amounts of extra "soft" (relatively low-energy) x-rays coming from the vast space in the middle of galaxy clusters. This was in addition to previously-discovered "hot" gas in that space, which emits higher energy"hard" x-rays.

I like turtles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it possible, someone made a mistake and put something where it wasn't suppose to go in the first place...therefore it was never missing

November 08, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

trust me, you think about this story too much and you will just cease to exist.

November 11, 2007 7:38 PM  

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