Largest Structure in Universe Discovered – weather.com:
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe — a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light.
The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein’s Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers said.
It just keeps on happening. This time, it’s upsetting what they used to call the Copernican principle, which is that the universe looks pretty much the same no matter where you are in it. Another way of saying it is that there is no “special place” in the universe.
The “Copernican principle” definition I see most at the top of a web search is that the “Earth” has no special place in the universe. Of course that is to give emphasis to Earth itself, a subtle misdirected swipe at the Bible, actually.
Albert Einstein’s version sounds more “neutral” of course.
For a long time since in the 19th century scientists began bowing to pressure and to new teachings in government schools, and trying to figure out an origins that didn’t have a God or Biblical history in it. Geologists began this movement apparently, even during the time of Darwin’s grandfather.
So they made up theories to explain how things got there. Steady state universe evaded the question by saying things are always there, that there was no beginning. When they discovered the red shift and interpreted to mean the universe was expanding, some of its advocates modified the solid-state universe by saying new matter was constantly being created in the voids left by expansion.
The BIg Bang was adapted by some. The name was a pejorative for the idea as a ridicule because a lot of atheist scientists who resisted the Big Bang thought it was something that supported a support for a created universe. They still haven’t come up with a believable idea about how it got “started” –nothing they say can explain it.
But they still had their billions of years, so they stopped sweating so much about it eventually.
But then a lot of the calculations didn’t work out and the structures they saw out there didn’t fit expectations, so they had to start inventing invisible undetectable things to make it all fit. Of course they said that the visible universe was evidence for it, but didn’t much say that this was built on the foudnation of their philosophical framework, including the aforementioned “cosmological principle”.
They should have stuck to Isaac Newton’s formulation of the idea that the principles of physics are the same no matter where you are in the universe. That’s a different idea, and more to the point. But then they would have had to eventually deal with what Newton also said about it –that this was evidence of a rational God –as opposed to one that capriciously went about creating ad hoc havoc with human expectations –like the Greek gods of ancient myth.
At least they admit they’ve never actually “proved” homogenuity, although in “thinking” about it with formulas some of them may think they “prove” something.
A few years ago there was a Wired magazine article about a trip to a science museum where they had a scale model structure representing the objects in space in our neighborhood in space. The writer was struck by the way the structure seemed to center on Earth, not as an effect of observation, but of the structure. It seemed so oriented he said.
But now with this giant quasar group they are questioning the assumptions again. They could have asked Halton Arp, but they will never do that even if they give credit to a couple of late comers to his party. Halton Arp is blacklisted from elite-directed academia because he is a creationist astronomer. He catalogued hundreds of astronomical “anomalies”, including dozens or hundreds of quasars that contradict the red shift assumptions about distance.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” –Genesis 1:1.