Are we just Kicking the Gong Around?
I just read with interest the article in ScienceDaily, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070823164846.htm, titled "Astronomers Find Gaping Hole In The Universe." Associated press has a follow-up article "Giant hole in universe found."
This later article has a comment from a UH astronomer that holes probably occur when when the gravity from areas with bigger mass pulls matter from less dense areas, and that after 13 billion years these holes are losing out in the battle to where there are larger concentrations of matter.
Both articles make reference to the universe beginning with the "big bang" as does the "13 billion years" comment. But my other reading indicates a number of scientists now question whether time, or the universe as we think we know it, actually began with that big bang - as they appear to have found evidence to the contrary.
It seems we have had an easier time accepting that something came from nothing than, in the alternative, there has always been a something and never a nothing. But then a further question would be, if there has always been something, would there not be a finite amount of whatever that something is? Because for that mass of energy or matter to increase, we come back again to acceptance that something may well be able to come from nothing.
But then there's this: If the universe had no beginning, can there still be limits to its size and dimensions? And if not, can there be finite limits to its matter at all?
So if the universe that we can observe includes signs there was matter around before the big bang, does the "gravity pulling matter from one area to another" theory hold up as the likely reason for these gaping holes? Because if so, what pulled matter into areas where there apparently was none before, if matter didn't start with the bang, and yet has expanded into our sphere of the universe since that event?
Did some mystical "big banger" pull stuff from somewhere else and push it our way, or is there a "big recycler" in action somewhere? Clearly these gaping holes have given us a lot more to think about, and we can't turn to the usual suspects for answers.