Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New cosmic mystery: Herschel telescope spots giant hole in space

The Herschel telescope has spotted a vast hole in space. Scientists say it could provide clues to how newborn stars shake off their birth clouds.


By Space.com staff / May 11, 2010 

A vast hole in space has been unexpectedly discovered in a part of the universe thought to be packed with a cloud of dense gas and dust – the latest in a string of cosmic finds by the European Herschel infrared space telescope.

The surprising hole in space has provided astronomers with a new glimpse at the end of the star-forming process.

"No one has ever seen a hole like this," said study team member Tom Megeath of the University of Toledo in Ohio. "It's as surprising as knowing you have worms tunneling under your lawn, but finding one morning that they have created a huge, yawning pit..."

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