According to local news sources, astronomers have found a hole in the universe. That sounded interesting, but there’s actually nothing to it. There’s no actual “hole” — someone just looked out in space and found an area with nothing there. An excerpt from the article :
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That’s got them scratching their heads about what’s just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That’s an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday. … It could also be a statistical freak of nature, but that’s probably less likely than a giant void, said James Condon, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. … “It looks like something to be taken seriously,” said Brent Tully, a University of Hawaii astronomer who wasn’t part of this research but studies the void closer to Earth. … Retired NASA astronomer Steve Maran said of the discovery: “This is incredibly important for something where there is nothing to it.”
So if there’s a spot in the universe with nothing there, it’s a hole? I can look in the night sky and see lots of empty spots. The retired NASA astronomer’s statement is puzzling, also. He said there’s “nothing to it”, yet it is also “incredibly important”. What does that mean? Is it important because this new “discovery” (or lack of discovery) might result in additional millions of dollars in research grants? I hope not!
This seems like one of the biggest non-newsworthy discoveries ever. They put their news-sounding verbiage to it, but consider it this way : “I was looking around the sky with my telescope and radio transmissions receiver, and I found this big spot where nothing is there.” Since when is it big news when there’s an empty patch of space? Are there supposed to be stars in every single part of the universe? If so, who decided that?
If there are missing stars out there, that would be newsworthy, because it would mean something — or someone — was stealing them. But the article did not imply that at all. So what’s the big deal? Can anyone explain why this is news?