Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Massive and Dark

On September 24 a mysterious Dark Flow was reported. Clusters of galaxies are being drawn toward an immense unseen mass. These could be ultra-massive Big Gulp Black Holes, far more massive than anything astronomers have imagined. This was predicted by the blog back in October 2006, Stirring Things Up.

"Expansion of the Universe is not uniform. Individual motions of galaxies can oppose the Hubble flow, like trout swimming upstream. The Milky Way and thousands of other galaxies are falling at 600 km/sec toward an unseen mass called the Great Attractor. This object has the mass of 10^16 Suns or 100,000 galaxies! It may be a true Black Hole, so monstrously massive that nothing can escape. There is evidence of another Great Attractor some 700 million years away.

"These monsters could be common, yet they are not counted in mass surveys. The missing 2/3 ascribed to "dark energy" may be hidden from us. It is foolish to think that humans know all that is out there. That is like Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius not realising that he is falling into an abyss."

Today another research group led by Mike Hudson from University of Waterloo reports that our region of the Universe is not expanding uniformly. One half of the sky appears to be expanding faster than the other half. Researchers conclude that massive, unseen structures exist in the Universe. These great attractors would not lie outside the Universe, but beyond our local group of galaxies. This will require revisions of the tired old cosmological model. UPDATE: Preprint of the new paper is entitled Consistently Large Flows on Scales of 100 Mpc/h: A Challenge for the Standard LCDM Cosmology.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Seneca the Younger said...

I don't find an email from you so thought I'd leave this here: someone who is rather a revisionist about Einsten.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Do you have a link to the new work? Or, more blog posts...

9:45 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

For seneca: the new book "Einstein's Mistakes" is the subject of September 8 post. Shortly the blog will report a new book by someone who worked with Einstein.

For Kea: Thanks, good idea. Link just added. More blog posts coming too!

2:04 PM  
Blogger DR said...

The link to the old blog entry
http://riofriospacetime.blogspot.com/2006/10/stirring-things-up.html
comes up as a page load error

Had to go to the wayback machine to read it.

7:09 PM  
Blogger the_world_in_my_eyes said...

If one part of the universe is expanding faster than the other half, that may be a clue that there is a massive humongous object that is somehow having a very strong gravitational pull? Could be where all that lump of dark matter is

7:51 PM  

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