Friday, October 3, 2008

The mysterious Dark Flow and the Beta Universe

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As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren't vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered.

Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow."

The stuff that's pulling this matter must be outside the observable universe, researchers conclude.

When scientists talk about the observable universe, they don't just mean as far out as the eye, or even the most powerful telescope, can see. In fact there's a fundamental limit to how much of the universe we could ever observe, no matter how advanced our visual instruments. The universe is thought to have formed about 13.7 billion years ago. So even if light started travelling toward us immediately after the Big Bang, the farthest it could ever get is 13.7 billion light-years in distance. There may be parts of the universe that are farther away (we can't know how big the whole universe is), but we can't see farther than light could travel over the entire age of the universe.

......"The structures responsible for this motion have been pushed so far away by inflation, I would guesstimate they may be hundreds of billions of light years away, that we cannot see even with the deepest telescopes because the light emitted there could not have reached us in the age of the universe," Kashlinsky said in a telephone interview. "Most likely to create such a coherent flow they would have to be some very strange structures, maybe some warped space time. But this is just pure speculation."

Strange structures, warped space and time, and a region that is sucking whole clusters of galaxies, to.. where?

All this brings to mind Kenneth Grant's writings, starting with Hecate's Fountain, about a hostile Beta Universe (as opposed to our Alpha Universe). It cannot be easily transposed to science, since it is, you know, magick, but I read the article with the same old question: Have the artists, magicians and crackpots through the ages unveiled significant, majestic, life-as-you-know-it changing truths, only to be laughed at, ridiculed, alienated?

The same question popped in my head long before I read Valee's Passport to Magonia, and it refuses to go anywhere.

Would a localized inspection at the origins of this dark flow reveal the being called the Sentinel guarding the entrance to madness and Godhood?

But more importantly, when will the time come when all data and theories unite into one, all-explaining unity? I am a firm believer that, given enough time, this will come to pass. Mankind's craziest visionaries will be thought of again, this time with respect, and that will be enough..


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this post.
It itself seems to flow towards same strange attractor.
Well done.

Illuminatus said...

Strange attractor indeed, and closer than the ends of the universe. Thank you for the kind words brother..