A scientific research had been conducted which claims that the Milky Way and our neighboring galaxies exist in something called a celestial void. This information, if correct, may be able to solve the long-standing problem of calculating the rate of the universe expansion.
Ben Hoscheit, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented his findings and hypothesis at the 230th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. He argues that our galaxy and those surrounding us are in a region of space with a far less star density.
Hoscheit and his supervisor, Amy Barger hope that their findings might help explain why researchers keep running into calculation differences when estimating the speed of the universe expansion. This is mostly when different measurement techniques are being used.
The measurements have been relatively inconsistent up until now and it seems it is because of the difference in gravitational pull that is happening between the different regions of low and high density that needs to be factored in for more precise calculations.
However, the very idea that the universe is like a swiss cheese, full of holes and dense areas is not exactly new. These observations do, in fact, support a previous hypothesis by Hoscheit and his colleague Ryan Keenan, who think that the Milky Way exists in a void that is seven times bigger than the average. This void is claimed to have a radius of 1 billion light years.
These latest findings may certainly clear up the issues that astrophysicists had about the inconsistent data resulted from different measurement techniques but actually had consistent data within a single technique.
It is clear that when it comes to measurements of this type that one searches for consistent data all over. Otherwise, these are clear indications that there has to be an error or a problem somewhere within the calculations.
Hopefully, these observations will result in more clear techniques that researchers can employ to find answers that are most likely groundbreaking for humanity as a whole, since it is pretty clear that huge revelations usually link other findings that we weren’t even aware existed until that point.