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Huge Patch of Universe Is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies

17 Aug 2018, 17:50 UTC
Huge Patch of Universe Is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies TNG Collaboration

The mere fact that we live in a universe boggles my mind every once in a while. But thankfully, our cosmic home is a place that follows rules; the laws of physics seem to agree everywhere, and galaxies are uniformly distributed throughout. Except for in this 300-million-light-year-long region, which seems to be missing something.

Scientists observed an opaque region of space in front of a quasar, an extra bright source of light, in the far distance. They realized that, confusingly, this light-blocking region had fewer galaxies than they expected.

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