Good news! Universe not a fractal, study finds

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  1. jobberone

    jobberone Let's go fishing Staff Member

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    Stars crowd together into galaxies, galaxies assemble into clusters, and clusters amass to form superclusters. Astronomers, probing ever-larger volumes of the cosmos, have been surprised again and again to find matter clustering on ever-larger scales. This Russian-nesting-doll-like distribution of matter has led them to wonder whether the universe is a fractal: a mathematical object that looks the same at any scale, whether you zoom in or out.
    If the fractal pattern continues no matter how far out you look, this would have profound implications for scientists' understanding of the universe. But now, a new astronomy survey refutes the notion.
  2. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    I like to think that eventually we will have a deep enough and wide enough view of space to actually see the shape of the universe. Millions upon millions of points of light, staring back at us. As we gaze into the vast beauty, our eyes slightly cross and the it is...the face of bearded Zeus staring back at us in 3D MagicEye form.

    After all, it's how we discovered dinosaurs:

  3. Rynie

    Rynie Benched

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    Pretty sure the universe doesn't have a "shape" since it's ever-expanding. I could be wrong though.
  4. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    So, once again, the Big Bang is safe.

    You go, Big Bang! Somewhere, George Lemaitres is smiling.
  5. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Um, clearly it has to be a 3D rectangle.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Don't you know? The Universe folds back on itself just like space does. :)

    EDIT: Something like this. It's referred to as a Calabi-Yau shape.

  7. BlindFaith

    BlindFaith Well-Known Member

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    So what's all the black stuff around this Calabi Universe? Omniverse?

    Infinity is a hard concept to grasp.
  8. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    The universe is nothing more than a giant stereogram... awesome... :laugh2:

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going with this guy.


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