Researchers say our galaxy is located within an enormous cosmic void, and it's changing the way we understand the universe.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

The universe seems chaotic, but it's actually not as bad as you think. There is quite a bit of order. Galaxies, superclusters, galactic dust, all the stuff that makes up the universe resides in either filaments or voids. Filaments take up 20% of our universe and they're densely-packed areas with galaxies, stars, and planets. The rest is dark, mostly-empty voids.

It may surprise you, but some researchers are saying that our Milky Way galaxy and our parent supercluster, might exist smack-dab in the middle of one of these voids. We could be living in the middle of nowhere, which is unusual for a galaxy.  It's like we're living in the boonies and most other galaxies are in cities.

 As scary as this may sound, the researchers seem to think it's not that big of a deal. It sounds like because we're further away from the filaments, our night sky is a bit darker, but other that, not much else is different.

There is something big that could come from this study though (if it's proven). Our universe is massive and it's constantly expanding. Just the observable cosmos reaches about 46 billion light-years!  But astronomers have been struggling for decades to figure out the exact rate of expansion -- also known as the Hubble Constant.

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