Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-image of the day: Observing the universe accelerates the end

Don't you just hate it when your observing the universe hastens its doom? Yep, according to a couple of astronomers, a complex combination of our observing dark energy and the Big Bang and quantum physics results in our doom. Here's your gratuitous image of a huge ring of dark matter:

Click the image to see the story.

This reminds me a bit of my last astro-post: Sure, this is cool fodder for writing SF, but... really? They believe this? Does that mean when when a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it makes no sound?

So: Yesterday's physics lesson was about Occam's Razor. Today's is about the anthropic principle.

Tags: astronomy, random cool stuff

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