The Big Think

July 17, 2013

The Supermassive Vacuum Cleaner At the Edge of the Known Universe

Filed under: Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 8:33 pm

The Supermassive Vacuum Cleaner At the Edge of the Known Universe:

“In recent years, scientists began noticing something a little bit off about the structure of the universe. By analyzing the light from distant galaxies, they were able to tell the relative speed and direction in which these objects were moving. The strange thing is that, rather than flying apart like most things in the universe, some of these distant galactic clusters appear to be caught up in a sort of current, speeding at unimaginable velocities (about two million miles per hour) along a specific path. Scientists have coined this phenomenon ‘dark flow’ because, honestly, they really don’t know what’s causing it. “

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