Astronomers Find a Void in Space That Stretches 1.8 Billion Light Years

By JERRY HOFFMAN

Staff Writer

Astronomers have recently discovered what appears to be the largest object structure to ever be found.

It comes in the form of a 1.8 billion lights years “supervoid.” Astronomers define a void as massive empty spaces between universes where nearly nothing exists.

The first voids were discovered in 1978 and new and larger voids have since been discovered, but none quite at the scale of this one that was discovered recently. This supervoid is being coined as, “the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity.”

Istvan Szapudi, who has been searching for it since noticing a cold spot deep in space, conducted the search for this supervoid.

“The cold spot raised a lot of eyebrows,” said Professor Carlos Frenk, cosmetologist at the University of Durham. “The real question was what was causing it and what else this cold spot is impacting.”

The cold spot that was originally noticed by Szapudi was likely caused by  a massive region of emptiness within the center of the supervoid. Given the size of this unique void, it has become a rather rare and significant discovery among the science world.

“This is the greatest supervoid ever discovered,” said Andras Kovács, co-author at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. “In combination of size and emptiness, our supervoid is still a very rare event. We can only expect a few supervoids this big in the observable universe.”

Given the rarity and great scientific value of this discovery, astrologers around the world are wondering if there are even larger voids deep in space and what impacts they could have on nearby universes.

Jerry Hoffman

Jerry Hoffman is a senior studying public relations and multimedia journalism. Originally from just outside of Philadelphia, he became interested in writing throughout the four years he spent attending Lansdale Catholic High School. Aside from being a staff writer for iPulse, Hoffman is a resident assistant in Freiburger Residence Hall here at Lynn.

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