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Cosmic social distancing: Our region of the universe floats in a void

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And some think they now know the cause:

The Solar System floats in the middle of a peculiarly empty region of space.

This region of low-density, high-temperature plasma, about 1,000 light-years across, is surrounded by a shell of cooler, denser neutral gas and dust. It’s called the Local Bubble, and precisely how and why it came to exist, with the Solar System floating in the middle, has been a challenge to explain.

Michelle Starr, “The Solar System Exists Inside a Giant, Mysterious Void, And We Finally Know Why” at ScienceAlert (January 12, 2022)

The researchers think that star formation happens mainly at the perimeter (conveniently, one might add):

According to the researchers, this suggests that the Milky Way is likely full of similar bubbles, since the likelihood of this happening is very low if the bubbles are rare. The idea evokes a Milky Way structured similarly to a sea sponge, or perhaps a flattened wheel of Swiss cheese.

Michelle Starr, “The Solar System Exists Inside a Giant, Mysterious Void, And We Finally Know Why” at ScienceAlert (January 12, 2022)

Expected later research should shed more light.

4 Replies to “Cosmic social distancing: Our region of the universe floats in a void

  1. 1
    Pearlman says:

    or maybe not common at all, and due to our having the most favored position as the approx. center of the entire universe, as we find in SPIRAL cosmological redshift hypothesis and model

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    polistra says:

    Bubbles = cells?

  3. 3
    Seversky says:

    Maybe that’s why we don’t see aliens. COVID quarantine.

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    bornagain77 says:

    As to ,, “So why is the Solar System in the middle? Well, that’s purely coincidence.
    “When the first supernovae that created the Local Bubble went off, our Sun was far away from the action,” says physicist and astronomer João Alves of the University of Vienna in Austria.
    “But about five million years ago, the Sun’s path through the galaxy took it right into the bubble, and now the Sun sits – just by luck – almost right in the Bubble’s center.””
    https://www.sciencealert.com/the-solar-system-floats-in-a-void-now-we-know-how-that-void-triggered-the-formation-of-stars

    I believe this finding fits in rather well with the overall thesis of “The Privileged Planet”

    “The very conditions that make Earth hospitable to intelligent life also make it well suited to viewing and analyzing the universe as a whole.”
    – Jay Richards –
    The Privileged Planet – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmIc42oRjm8

    “The same narrow circumstances that allow us to exist also provide us with the best over all conditions for making scientific discoveries.”
    – Guillermo Gonzalez – Our Privileged Planet (1of 5) – The Correlation Of Habitability and Observability – lecture video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inUlX0oWHbw&list=PL67684557408B24B6

    Of semi-related note:

    the Copernican Principle and/or the Principle of Mediocrity has now been overturned by both General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, our two most powerful theories in science: (as well as by being overturned by several other lines of scientific evidence)
    August 2021
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/privileged-address-an-excerpt-from-neil-thomass-taking-leave-of-darwin/#comment-736493

    Verse:

    Genesis 1:1
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

    Job 38:4-5
    Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across it?

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