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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Avoid the Void?

Clara Moskowitz
Staff WriterSPACE.com


If the notion of dark energy sounds improbable, get ready for an even more outlandish suggestion.

Earth may be trapped in an abnormal bubble of space-time that is particularly void of matter. Scientists say this condition could account for the apparent acceleration of the universe's expansion, for which dark energy currently is the leading explanation.

Until now, there has been no good way to choose between dark energy or the void explanation, but a new study outlines a potential test of the bubble scenario

One problem with the void idea, though, is that it negates a principle that has reined in astronomy for more than 450 years: namely, that our place in the universe isn't special.

(Did you read that right? The void idea negates the 450 year old principle that that OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE ISN'T SPECIAL!)

When Nicholas Copernicus argued that it made much more sense for the Earth to be revolving around the sun than vice versa, it revolutionized science. Since then, most theories have to pass the Copernican test.
If they require our planet to be unique, or our position to be exalted, the ideas often seem unlikely.
This idea that we live in a void would really be a statement that we live in a special place," Clifton told SPACE.com. "

(COULD IT BE? WE DO LIVE IN A SPECIAL PLACE???)

The regular cosmological model is based on the idea that where we live is a typical place in the universe. This would be a contradiction to the Copernican principle."

19 comments:

Aunt Jo said...

But we can avoid the Noid.

Aunt Jo said...

Don't forget it's quiet in space.

ancient one said...

Yes, this place is special! GOD spoke it into existance.

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm special and you're special, so it's stands to reason that we'd live in a special place made especially for special people like us.

:-)

Cool read. I love when scientists are confounded by something.

lesliereid said...

I'm not sure I'm smart enough to understand this post. Do you offer Cliff Notes?

The Doozie said...

what the flip are you talking about....

It'd be nice if you could pull me into town.
And you could visit my blog if you wanted to, that would also be nice.

Bee Repartee said...

Are you smoking the carpet again? Have enough air holes in your Bat mask?

My 9 year old son tried to explain the 'thinitude of the universe' to me because God spoke it and now it is expanding. I think he..and He is too smart.

The Doozie said...

You think my 5 word sentence on saurs blog will tick people off? you should go and read the rest of what I said.

jennifer said...

Oh I LOVE it when scientists encounter GOD and just can't QUIIIIIITE put a finger on it...

Yes indeed. He just spoke, and here we all are in our specialness.

And YES. OU and BAMA fans can live in perfect harmony.

It is Tennessee that I have to deal with prayerfully.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Interesting!!!

Jamie Dawn said...

Howdy!

R said...

huh?

The Doozie said...

I swear this is the weirdest post you have ever made. I keep coming over here hoping it is gone but it keeps hounding me. I re-read it today, only to conclude this;

Whats for dinner?

The Doozie said...

consider the daffodil. and while you're doing that I'll be over here looking through your stuff

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jennifer said...

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