Science news like this one always make my mind spin. I just love concepts that make me stop in my tracks by their strangeness. A void, a big nothing, where there is no time or space, a huge bubble of nonexistence (but within our existing Universe) that would take us 1,000,000,000 years to cross at the speed of light? It’s just impossible to totally grasp it. I suddenly feel so small. And meaningless. Quite relaxing thoughts actually.
Astronomers have found an enormous void in space that measures nearly a billion light-years across.
“It’s hard even for astronomers to picture how big these things are,” conceded Minnesota’s Professor Lawrence Rudnick.
“If you were to travel at the speed of light, it would take you several years to get to the nearest stars in our own Milky Way galaxy; but if you were to go to this hole and enter one side, you’d have to travel for a billion years before you would get to the other side,” he told BBC News.
The void is roughly 6-10 billion light-years away and takes a sizeable chunk out of the visible Universe in its direction.